2 Kings 18:5-7 Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not stop following him; he kept the commands the Lord had given Moses. And the Lord was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook.
Hezekiah trusted God and consistently and faithfully obeyed Him. When decisions needed to be made, he sought God’s counsel. When troubles came, he prayed and sought God’s help, and when God told him what to do, he was obedient. Yet, Sennacherib came anyway and put Hezekiah’s faith to the test. Instead of panic, Hezekiah approached God in prayer (see Isaiah 37:14-20). Isaiah’s response in vv. 21-35 demonstrated God had heard Hezekiah and because he prayed instead of seeking assistance elsewhere, God delivered Israel from the hands of Sennacherib.
Are you confused when you are met with trouble in the middle of those “good” times when you are enjoying the blessings of obedience to God? When you are confident that you are following God’s call on your life and life throws you a curve ball, do you wonder where God is? When we are doing God’s will, we are a threat to Satan. He wants nothing more than to see us fail. He knows if he can instill fear or cause us to get off track and put our faith in something or someone else, we will keep our minds off of doing what God has asked us to do.
“If you want God to rescue you, you need to pray. If He hasn’t rescued you yet, you need to keep on praying! Who is the Enemy defying? You? No! He is lifting his prideful voice against God! When Sennacherib heckled the citizens of Jerusalem, he was heckling God. God defeated him to demonstrate His power over all the other gods Sennacherib had fought.”¹
[Read Exodus 21-30]
Exodus 23:13 “Pay close attention to all my instructions. You must not call on the name of other gods. Do not ever speak their names.”
When things are going well between us, I don’t expect the chaos and trouble Satan brings into my life. Help me always recognize what’s happening and turn to You in prayer. Help me realize that You are much bigger and more powerful than Satan could ever be. Amen.