Tuesday: June 23, 2020

2 Kings 19:10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.

What are the origins of mistrust and doubt? I hadn’t intentionally ever thought about this question but, upon reading the content of Sennacherib’s letter to King Hezekiah, I did a bit of pondering. The one idea that came to mind was ‘the reception of contrasting information’. Whether this is auditory, visual or experential; when any new information contrasts or contradicts what we already know about a person, place or thing, we find ourselves doubting or mistrusting

That was the card Sennacherib pulled out by writing in his letter “the God whom you trust may be deceiving you”. However, unlike Adam and Eve who fell for the information presented by the serpent, Hezekiah returned to the presence of God with this letter and reminded himself of who the Lord was. He did not allow the new information to override or alter what He already knew.

Beloved, while they may appear as simple contrasts, seemingly harmless statements like those presented by Sennacherib are the origins or mistrust and doubt. Let us, therefore, delicately manage the information we receive, particularly if there is a suggestion or the prospect for overriding pre-existing information. Lest we lose our way


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