Daily Devotional

Trust in the Lord

by Simon Whitton

5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him.
6 He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses.
7 And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him.

II Kings 18:5-7(NIV)

The King of Assyria wasn't pleased that King Hezekiah had rebelled, so he sent a large army to capture Jerusalem and Hezekiah.  The powerful Assyrian army lay siege to Jerusalem and from a military standpoint, Jerusalem was doomed, yet they remained defiant.  Understanding his huge advantage, the Assyrian field commander attempted to talk Hezekiah and the people into surrendering.

19 The field commander said to them, "Tell Hezekiah: "'This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours?
23 "'Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses-- if you can put riders on them!
25 Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this place without word from the LORD? The LORD himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.'"
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.'
31 "Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then every one of you will eat from his own vine and fig tree and drink water from his own cistern,
33 Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?
35 Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?"
36 But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, "Do not answer him."

II Kings 18:19,23,25,30,31,33,35,36 (NIV)

When we decide to trust in the Lord, we become like a fortified city in the spiritual realm; a stronghold that dares to defy the powers of this world.  We can be sure that this determination will be challenged.

The enemy will confront us and will try everything to get us to capitulate, to conform to the world's way.  The powers of this world will use sensible logic and reason, emotional pleading, attempts to confuse us or cause us to doubt, offers of compromise or shortcut, offers to shift trust to something more tangible.  They may even point out how others like you have fallen.

Hezekiah did not surrender to pressure from the enemy.  He continued to put his trust in the Lord.  The Lord responded to this trust and miraculously intervened by killing thousands in the Assyrian camp.  The surviving Assyrians quickly withdrew, and Jerusalem was liberated.

In times of trouble we look for something reassuring to hold onto, something to put our confidence in.  The challenge of our faith is to not only put our trust in the Lord, but to continue to hold fast to Him come what may.

Like Hezekiah before us, let's put our confidence in the Lord and hold fast to Him, refusing to surrender to the world.  Let's take Hezekiah's advice to his people and not even enter into dialogue with the enemy, but take their taunts and lay them out before the Lord.

Spend some time in prayer…

blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him.
Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)

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