“Beware lest Hezekiah persuade you, saying, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ Has any one of the gods of the nations delivered its land from the hand of the king of Assyria?”
Judah was facing their darkest hour. Isaiah records that Sennacherib’ king of Assyria, came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. One by one the cities of Judah fell to the all consuming Assyrian forces. Now that same army had surrounded the city of Jerusalem and threatened to take it by force. Before sending armed men, Sennacherib sent his chief of staff to warn the people of the folly of resisting. His rationale was that since other nations had trusted in their gods, resisted Assyria and fell to the sword, Israel would suffer the same fate if they trusted in the Lord. It is understandable that the unbeliever thinks all gods are the same, the problem arises when the child of God fails to realize that YHWH is above all others.
Israel was faced with a choice, they could succumb to the threat of their surroundings, or they could choose to trust in the power and promises of the Lord. This is the same choice everyone of us faces every day. While our problem may not be our home surrounded by a foreign army, our lives are filled with troubles, trials and threatening circumstances. It is crucial that we learn to cling to and trust in the promises of God.
If you take a few minutes to read ahead, you will find, against all odds, Jerusalem was delivered. The army which conquered nations much more powerful than Judah fell, not to Hezekiah’s army, but before Hezekiah’s God. No matter what we face, God is faithful and will bring us through.