LORD, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, LORD, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God.: 2 Kings 19:16
There is a saying that goes like this: “The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence”. – Charles Bukowski
Sennacherib, king of Assyria, in 2 Kings 18 confidently, if unwittingly, challenged the God of Israel, the God of Host, and Creator of heaven and earth. He believed that the King of kings could not save Judah, His covenant people, from the attacks of the Assyrians. The king of Assyria erroneously compared the God of Israel with the other gods that were made of wood and stone. Those gods were unable to save their subjects, who, incidentally, were also their creators.
King Hezekiah, king of Judah, was shaken by the threats of the king of Assyria. In 2 Kings 19:14, we are told that he went to the Temple of the Lord and spread out the letter from the Sennacherib before God. King Hezekiah took his problem to the Lord. Previously he had sent to the prophet, Isaiah to pray for those left in Judah – 2 Kings 19:4. However, this time Hezekiah personally went before his King to intercede on behalf of his people.
Secondly, he approached God as Yahweh Elohim, calling into remembrance that God was the covenant keeping God and the people of Judah were His covenant people. “And prayed to Yahweh, “Yahweh, Elohim of Israel, you are enthroned over the angels. You alone are Elohim of all the kingdoms of the world. You made heaven and earth”. 2 Kings 19:15 NOG.
Yahweh who sat between the cherubim on the mercy seat was honor bound to protect His covenant people when they, in faith, approached Him during a time of distress.
Man created the other gods that Sennacherib defeated. Yahweh Elohim created the heavens and the earth, and all that dwells therein. He alone is God. He rules all the kingdoms on earth.
Hezekiah did not know what to do. The situation was grim, but he trusted in the God of Israel. He did not deny the facts: the king of Assyria was stronger that he, and stronger than the gods of the other nations. Hezekiah however knew that Sennacherib was not stronger than the God of Israel, who was willing and able to save His people. 2 Kings 19:19 NOG- “Now, Yahweh our Elohim, rescue us from Assyria’s control so that all the kingdoms on earth will know that you alone are Yahweh Elohim.”
As we face the various issues in our day, let us do so with confidence in the God of our salvation. Do not be afraid to appeal to the nature of God that is most needful in your current situation. Are you perplexed and confused? Appeal to the God of Peace. If you are sick, call upon the God who heals. Like Hezekiah, trust in God, He is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” Ephesians 3:20.
Prayer: All praise and glory be to the only wise God Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask and think both now and forever more. Amen