The King of Assyria was a bully. His army had invaded nations. Like locust, his army had decimated kingdoms, plundering their goods and killing thousands.
And now, this vast army was threatening King Hezekiah and the nation of Judah. They sent messages bragging how they were going to destroy Judah. They mocked King Hezekiah’s reliance and trust in God. “What makes you think your God can save you. No other God’s have been able to withstand us.” So they mocked. They ridiculed. They scorned.
Have you ever felt like King Hezekiah? The enemy of our souls yells,
“What made you think you could…”
“How will you afford…”
“Where is your God in the midst of…”
But I’m going to answer those questions as Hezekiah did.
In Jesus, I am strong and courageous.
I will not be afraid or discouraged by Satan’s threats. He is a yapping toothless dog. (My Jesus, my Hero, defanged Him.)
I have the Lord my God who fights on my behalf.
Yes, the threats seem real, but I will trust in the Lord, my God. No, I don’t know how this situation will be resolved, but I know all things work together for my good. Yes, my heart aches but joy comes in the morning.
The Assyria army was defeated and embarrassed. But King Hezekiah became highly respected and prospered. This shall be our story as well. What the enemy meant to destroy us, will be used for our good.
Be strong. We win!
““Be strong and courageous! Don’t be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria or his mighty army, for there is a power far greater on our side! He may have a great army, but they are merely men. We have the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles for us!” Hezekiah’s words greatly encouraged the people.”
2 Chronicles 32:7-8 NLT