Tuesday: 26th June, 2018
Reference: 2nd King’s 19:9-11,32-36
2 Kings 19:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trust deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.
The text today from the second book of Kings follows the siege of Samaria and Israel by the Assyrians, who sought to further widen their international reach and influence. Hence, confident in their current undertakings and associated accomplishment, they wrote a letter informing King Hezekiah of their intentions, as though to boast.
Sometimes, when a team of adults ‘apparently’ good at playing soccer compete against younger children, they have so much confidence in their own abilities that they have no problem inviting others to join their opposition, A similar level of confidence was evident in the Assyrian camp that they even dared to make the most high God the centre of attention in this fight.
In Hezekiah’s response to the reading of this letter, he wasted no time in admitting the reality of the situation before Him, something many find difficult doing. The facts present proved the availability of tangible evidence, not only to measure, but confirm the ability possessed by the Assyrians in war as well as the potential damage they could do.
Nonetheless, Hezekiah teaches us how seeing the reality of the difficult situations we face should not alter the even stronger reality of the God we serve. He consulted no man but walked straight to unroll the letter before God. My dear, never in any single moment did he believe the words of Sennacherib that ‘his God may have been deceiving him and cannot deliver’. In fact, before even making the intentions of his visit known in prayer, praise flowed from his lips to God.
Words meant to trigger worry, rather produced a spring of praise. Beloved, though often, it appears as if ‘we cannot avoid worrying’, in Hezekiah, we have an example of what we ought to be doing at such times.
Remember # when worry beckons, give praise because our God is also very REAL.