STAND STRONG AND BE SILENT

silenceI’ve recently been reading about King Hezekiah.  What a great King! The Bible says he did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight.  Something that really spoke to me while reading about him was this…

When the Assyrian King was mocking him for depending on God and even mocking the Lord Himself, Hezekiah didn’t fight back with sword, fist or even argument.  He took it all to God.  He knew this wasn’t his battle to fight.  He even instructed all of his people not to answer the insults that were being thrown at them.  What a wise King!  Fools vent their anger, but the wise quietly hold it back.  – Proverbs 29:11

After receiving a letter from King Sennacherib, which in short said, “don’t let your God deceive you, all the Kings of Assyria have destroyed everyone who stood in their way, why should you be any different?”  Hezekiah didn’t fear for his life, he didn’t surrender to the threats, he didn’t blame God for putting him in this situation. No. He took it before the Lord whom he trusted and respected and he prayed to Him.

After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers 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 of Heaven’s Armies, 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. Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against the living God. – Isaiah 37:14-17

I believe Hezekiah prayed this in full confidence because he knew who God was.  How do you get to know God?  Read His word, talk to Him, fall in love with Him over and over.  That way when someone comes against you or even worse, your God, you will not waiver, you will not doubt, you will not bow down or run in fear.  You will stand strong in your faith knowing that your God (the God who created the universe) is real, His word is true, and your life matters to Him.

This is how the Lord answered Hezekiah’s prayer –

And this is what the LORD says about the king of Assyria:
“‘His armies will not enter Jerusalem.
They will not even shoot an arrow at it.
They will not march outside its gates with their shields
nor build banks of earth against its walls.
The king will return to his own country
by the same road on which he came.
He will not enter this city,’
says the LORD. For my own honor and for the sake of my servant David, I will defend this city and protect it.’” – Isaiah 37:33-35

When people come against your faith, your family,  your character,  or your calling…don’t attack them back.  Take it to God and let Him be your defender.

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