Strength in Sovereign God


God can handle himself, can’t he?  I don’t have to stand up for God or put my chest out and act tough.  When we face opposition, we take it to God and pray over it.  God is the one who provides the victory.  My story is wrapped up in faith that God will provide…

27 But the commander replied, “Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?”

28 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! 29 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you from my hand. 30 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

9 So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word: 10 “Say to Hezekiah king of Judah: Do not let the god you depend on deceive you when he says, ‘Jerusalem will not be given into the hands of the king of Assyria.’ 11 Surely you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all the countries, destroying them completely. And will you be delivered?

14 Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: “Lord, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. 16 Give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes, Lord, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God.
2Kings 18:27-30, 19:9-11, 14-16

Hezekiah was a true follower of the Lord.  He did away with the idols of former kings and purified their worship.  Sooner or later, however, someone would test Hezekiah and his faith.  The King of Assyria was that man.  He sent word and taunted Hezekiah and the Hebrew people. He said they would eat their own excrement and drink their own urine.

Okay – it’s on.

The King tried to persuade the people not to believe Hezekiah or have faith in the Lord as their leader did.  What would you do if you were Hezekiah?  Get angry?  Start a twitter campaign?  How would you show your people that God is bigger than the enemy?

Hezekiah went to the temple.  He spread the last letter from Assyria before the Lord and prayed over it.  He asked God to give ear to his words and to listen to the Assyrian King’s words of ridicule against the Lord.

God can handle himself, can’t he?  I don’t have to stand up for God or put my chest out and act tough.  When we face opposition, we take it to God and pray over it.  God is the one who provides the victory.

Isn’t that hard?  It’s so much easier to lash back.  To get tough.  Yet the faith move is to submit your situation to the Lord.  He has your back, and it will communicate an amazing message to those who are watching you if your first and only point of strength is the sovereign God…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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