Isaiah 36: 20 – Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?
The first time I remember reading the story of King Sennacherib, I remember thinking, ‘this guy must have had some nerve’. He had been having one success after another and now it was time to come and conquer Jerusalem. At one point Rabshakeh (his representative to Jerusalem) even contradicted himself. In one breath he had said that the Lord had sent him to destroy the land (Verse 12). In another breath, he was asking who the Lord was to deliver Jerusalem out of Sennacherib’s hand (Verse 20).
The threat was obviously legit. King Hezekiah’s men even begged him to speak a foreign language so that the people who were listening won’t be afraid. In their minds, the battle was already lost, but thank God for wise kings. There is a lesson to be learnt by every Christian in the actions of King Hezekiah.
When Hezekiah heard the report, he was down alright, but he didn’t resign all hope. The Bible says he went into the house of the Lord (Isaiah 37:1). Another thing, God doesn’t need us to defend His name for Him. He can very well do that by Himself.
Even if you were actually the person that was wrong, but then the opposition starts undermining the power of God, God will show up for His name sake. When people around you start mentioning how much of a lost cause your case is. How God cannot even do anything to savage the situation, Rejoice!
Rejoice because at that point the battle stopped being yours. It became God’s. He won’t sit back and watch a situation trump His name. The Word says, at the mention of His name, every knee bows. The situation may have continued for years, but all you need to know is that delay is not denial. God specialises in doing big impossible things.
What do you turn to when the situation is beyond you?