Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and faithful before the Lord his God. And every work that he undertook in the service of the house of God and in accordance with the law and the commandments, seeking his God, he did with all his heart, and prospered. After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and intended to fight against Jerusalem, he planned with his officers and his mighty men… He set to work resolutely and built up all the wall that was broken down and raised towers upon it, and outside it he built another wall, and he strengthened the Millo in the city of David. He also made weapons and shields in abundance. And he set combat commanders over the people and gathered them together to him in the square at the gate of the city and spoke encouragingly to them, saying, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God, to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.” 2 Chronicles 31:20-32:1-3,5-8

So far, Hezekiah had done everything right, and here came trouble, in the person of the godless and greedy king of Assyria. Was God out of control? No! He was very much superintending all that transpired and would use it to strengthen His people and glorify Himself. Would Hezekiah get angry at God because he deserved better?  No! His faith was grounded in the One He worshiped, and this challenge prompted immediate preparation and confident trust in the LORD Who was really on the throne and had brought him thus far. With readiness plans accomplished, Hezekiah called his people to trust that God was on their side, with them in this new opposition. When Sennacherib taunted them and tried to diminished their God in comparison to manmade gods, Hezekiah gave him no credence but cried to heaven, and “the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all his enemies, and he provided for them on every side.” (32:22)

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Conflict and attack and trials are part of life, and one hid with his God can face them unshaken. The One Who was and is will always be– mighty and on our side. No matter what comes, we are secure. Confronted with loss, pain, taunts to our identity in Christ and our faith, abandonment, betrayal, the challenges of aging or illness, we can look from those to God and be unwavering.

Lord my Shield, in You my heart trusts and I am helped. You Who know every enemy and secure me as Yours, fix my hope and confidence in You at all times here in the world where You have sent me. And as You strengthen me, may I encourage others to trust You, and rejoice. (Psalm 18:2; 28:7; John 10:28-29;17:15,18)

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