The Assyrians came against Hezekiah and threatened to destroy Jerusalem. In a moment of weakness Hezekiah took silver and gold from the Temple and gave to the Assyrians, hoping that it would appease them. Yet it only fed their appetite. They amassed a great army and gathered outside of the walls of Jerusalem. Their generals yelled threats to the Jews and on one occasion they sent Hezekiah a letter which said – “Don’t let your God, whom you trust, deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria. Look, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries: they destroyed them completely. Will you be rescued?” (2 Kings 19:10-11 CSB)
Hezekiah knew that the Assyrians had the power to destroy them. Parts of Israel had already fallen and Jerusalem was next in line. What could Hezekiah do? What should Hezekiah do? Hezekiah did what each of us should do whenever the enemy comes against us. Hezekiah took his problems to the Lord.
2 Kings 19:14 Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers, read it, then went up to the Lord’s temple, and spread it out before the Lord. 15 Then Hezekiah prayed before the Lord: “Lord God of Israel who is enthroned [above] the cherubim, You are God-You alone-of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. 16 Listen closely, Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, Lord, and see; hear the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God. 17 Lord, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands. 18 They have thrown their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but made by human hands-wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 19 Now, Lord our God, please save us from his hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the Lord God-You alone.” CSB
Hezekiah laid the letter out before the Lord and prayed over it. “You see what they have written. You hear what they have said. They have destroyed false gods, but they can’t destroy You. YOU ARE GOD ALONE!”
In response to Hezekiah prayer, the Lord sent Isaiah the prophet to proclaim this –
“Therefore, this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria: He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow there or come before it with a shield or build up an assault ramp against it. He will go back on the road that he came and he will not enter this city, declares the Lord. I will defend this city and rescue it for My sake and for the sake of My servant David.” (2 Kings 19:32-34 CSB)
Scripture says – “That night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the [next] morning-there were all the dead bodies!” (2 Kings 19:35)
- How do you handle difficulty? How do you face your problems? Do you become angry and question God’s goodness? Do you try to bargain with the enemy? Do you try to work it out on your own? Or do you take your needs to the Lord and cry out for His help?
Hezekiah’s actions should be a lesson for us all. Whatever it is that is troubling us, we should lay it about before God and declare –
THAT’S WHAT YOU ARE
YOU ARE GOD ALONE!