When Up is the Only Way Out

A huge Assyrian army is camped by Jerusalem’s water source.   Their king is telling everyone the Lord has told him to attack Jerusalem and destroy it.

King Hezekiah consults with the prophet Isaiah to get the truth about what the Lord was doing.  The Lord told Isaiah that King Hezekiah should not be disturbed by what the Assyrians were saying –  God was going to move against them himself.

Next, the Assyrians send a message warning King Hezekiah that he should not be deceived by God’s promises to protect him.  Hezekiah knows that the Assyrians have always completely destroyed everyone in their path and that’s exactly what was going to happen to Jerusalem.

The fact is that King Hezekiah did know how the Assyrians were completing destroying everyone – their army was enormous and no one could stop them.

So he took the Assyrian’s letter to the temple and spread it out before the Lord.  He laid out his concerns before the Lord and asked him to rescue them so that all the nations of the world would know that he was God.

I visualize Hezekiah on his knees spreading out this scroll full of confusing and deadly threats.  Then he totally lays himself down on the floor in front of the scroll as he asks God to save his people.

How interesting – he doesn’t summon the commander of his army.  He doesn’t consult with anyone.  He and his people are facing annihilation and he prostrates himself before God.

I’ve been there.  Faced with enormous threats that were extremely beyond my control, I laid it all out before God and asked him to take care of it.  I didn’t know how he would do it and I told him I didn’t care – I was just placing it all in his hands and trusting in his promise that his purpose is not to harm me but to prosper me.

It worked for me just like it worked for Hezekiah thousands of years ago.  God heard both of our prayers and took care of the situation for both of us.

Thank you, dear Father, for loving us and rescuing us in times of trouble.

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