Then the Rabshekah stood up and called out loudly in Hebrew, the common language, “Listen to the message of the great king, the king of Assyria! Don’t listen to Hezekiah’s lies. He can’t save you. And don’t pay any attention to Hezekiah’s pious sermons telling you to lean on God, telling you ‘God will save us, depend on it. God won’t let this city fall to the king of Assyria.’
“Don’t listen to Hezekiah. Listen to the king of Assyria’s offer: ‘Make peace with me. Come and join me. Everyone will end up with a good life, with plenty of land and water, and eventually something far better. I’ll turn you loose in wide open spaces, with more than enough fertile and productive land for everyone.’ Don’t let Hezekiah mislead you with his lies, ‘God will save us.’ Has that ever happened? Has any god in history ever gotten the best of the king of Assyria? Look around you. Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? The gods of Sepharvaim? Did the gods do anything for Samaria? Name one god that has ever saved its countries from me. So what makes you think that God could save Jerusalem from me?’ ” (Isaiah 36:13-20, The Message)
In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign, Judah was invaded by Assyria (2 Kings 18-19, Isaiah 36-37). The Assyrians were the big bad enemy in the region, capturing the surrounding nations. They were kicking butts and taking names. But, Hezekiah would not surrender to the King of Assyria, Sennacherib.
The Assyrian strategy was the use of fear tactics. They struck fear into the hearts of the Judeans hoping to send them running for cover.
The Assyrians mocked the Judeans: they questioned King Hezekiah’s confidence, his trust in God, and his alliance with Egypt. They teased; they insulted; and they sowed seeds of doubt. They told the Judeans that their King was not trustworthy and that he could not save them. They questioned the power, ability, and might of the God of Israel. The Assyrian strategy was not only to leave the Judeans scared but discouraged and hopeless so that they had to turn to the plans of the enemy.
Don’t trust the Lord…
You can’t …
The Assyrians offered the Judeans hope in an attractive alternative—what they could provide—land, food, prosperity, provision, safety, deliverance, stability, ease.
Isn’t this what the enemy does in our lives?
He uses our life circumstances to shake our faith, to make us doubt God, to make us choose to not trust in God’s promises, to make us question whether God is big enough to meet our needs or powerful enough to deliver us from what we face.
He wants us to believe the lie that his good is better than God’s best.
- Single woman, he wants you to give up waiting on the Lord and give in to dating and marrying the unbeliever, all in the hope that one day you can lead him to Christ.
- Married woman with the challenging marriage, the enemy would prefer you to fix the issue with divorce than for you to trust the Lord on your knees fighting for your marriage.
- Ladies, he wants us to wallow in our insecurities and find our validation in accolades, good grades, a friend’s opinion, a certain position, prominence, and status, instead of standing on the truth of who God has said we are.
- Ladies, he would love nothing more than to see us live in fear and not trust and live the way the Lord intended for us—free in Christ.
Whatever it is and wherever you find yourself, the enemy’s schemes have always been the same: he attempts to defeat us with lies, fear, and doubt. The enemy comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy. That has always been his strategy because he is a LIAR. He wants us to believe that the LORD Jesus is:
- not enough
- not faithful
- not gracious
- not dependable
- not trustworthy
In Isaiah 36:21, the Judean response to the Assyrian jeering was silence and prayer. The Judeans had a great leader in Hezekiah. He did right before the Lord. He removed the places of idol worship; He trusted the Lord, and he did not depart from worshipping Him (2 Kings 18). In Isaiah 37:1, when Hezekiah heard what the Assyrians were doing to his people, he went into the house of the Lord, sent his men to the prophet of the Lord, and prayed. Hezekiah led his people in trusting the Lord, and he trusted the Lord to deliver him and his people.
Like Hezekiah, we must reject the enemy and trust the Lord.
When the enemy strikes, the only one who can deliver us and save us from whatever we face is the Lord.
We have the full armor of God at our disposal so that we can stand against the onslaught of the enemy, and we must use it.
It is only in putting our confidence in Him, seeking Him, standing on His word, and going to Him in prayer that we will be victorious against fear, doubt, faithlessness, insecurity, discontentment, discouragement—all the things the enemy uses against us.
I don’t know where you are today or what the enemy is using against you. But let us go on our knees and seek our Lord in prayer knowing and believing that His strategies, His word, and His plans will never fail. There is NO enemy that can stand against our LORD. Remember, the Assyrians did not win; and neither does the enemy!
Would love to hear from you! ‘Til next time…