“After Hezekiah received the letter and read it, he went up to the LORD’s Temple and spread it out before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the LORD: ‘O LORD Almighty, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. Listen to me, O LORD, and hear! Open your eyes, O LORD, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God.
‘It is true, LORD, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all these nations, just as the message says. And they have thrown the gods of these nations into the fire and burned them. But, of course the Assyrians could destroy them! They were not gods at all–only idols of wood and stone shaped by human hands. Now, O LORD our God, rescue us from his power; then all the kingdoms of the earth will know that you alone, O LORD, are God.'” Isaiah 37:14-20 (NLT)
I’ve been reading in Isaiah for the past couple of days for B90Days. This passage is a part of one of my favorite stories of the Old Testament. It is found in Isaiah and in 2Kings 18-20.
It’s Hezekiah’s story–one of highs and lows, trust and failure, victory and defeat. And an amazing example of how to handle fear.
Normally, I would talk about what I see here, but I want to do something different today. Let’s get some discussion going! In a comment, tell me what you pick up on in this passage regarding the ways that Hezekiah dealt with this very real and imminent fear of being utterly defeated by the Assyrians. (Better yet, read through both Isaiah 37 and 2 Kings 18-20 and tell us what you find!) How does that apply to your own fears?
Have a great week!