Today we’re going to look at how to correctly handle adversity when it comes to our faith. We find Hezekiah and Judah being berated in chapter 32 by the King of Assyria, Sennacherib. Sennacherib was intending to invade Judah and capture all that it contained, and he planned to do it with a very mighty force. Hezekiah spoke to the people an assured them that the power of the One was much greater than Sennacherib’s many (32:6-7)
The real beating comes in the following verses, 9-19. Sennacherib starts his oration by creating doubt in the minds of Judah, “On what are you trusting that you are remaining in Jerusalem under siege?” He follows this quickly by making the people question their King, Hezekiah. This is a classic tactic of any enemy, and we run into it constantly. Think of the serpent in the garden, those that slandered Noah, and Satan’s temptation of Jesus, the evil one often uses a seed of doubt to cause our hearts to bear rotten fruit. But, he rarely stops there.
Sennacherib and his men continue, “Do you not know what I and my fathers have done to all the peoples of the lands?…no god of any nation or kingdom was able to deliver his people from my hand of from my fathers. How much less will your God deliver you from my hand?” (13-15) People often speak of God, but only of what the know of Him. You may hear someone say, “God allowed my child to die, so He can’t love me.” or “God created all of us for love, so it doesn’t matter who you marry.” Just like Sennacherib, an incorrect view of God by men is one of the most dangerous foundations to stand on. We know from the Bible what is true about God, when we’re tempted to let that knowledge slip, and be swayed by what people say about God, all of a sudden right and wrong blur, and sin has a foothold.
The people of Judah remain strong however, and after Hezekiah and Isaiah pray in 20, God delivers them from Sennacherib, causing him to return to his own land in shame (21.)
Please do not take this issue lightly, remember that Satan caused the fall of man by seeding doubt in Eve’s mind on who our God is. The glorious thing is, the more we know about the True God, the more in love with Him we’ll fall, and the more keen we’ll be to know a false statement when we hear one. Remember what Hezekiah said, “Be strong and courageous, do not fear or be dismayed…for the One with us is greater than the one with him.”
– Kramer Farney