2 Chronicles 32

2 Chronicles 32 has Hezekiah up against a new challenge.  “After these things and these acts of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah”.  Hezekiah has just cleaned up the house of the Lord and reinstated the feasts and now an enemy is coming against him.  So he prepares for that battle.  He has his men “stop the water of the springs that were outside the city….made weapons and shields….set combat commanders over the people”.  Hezekiah takes physical steps to prepare for a long siege and battle.

But he does more.  He “spoke encouragingly….there are more with us than with him….with us is the Lord our God”,  Hezekiah had done what he could to prepare, but knows that the battle is truly the Lord’s and he lets the people know that while they are ready to fight, it is God that will do battle for them.  Of course the enemy is trying to discredit that idea completely.  They are speaking lies to the people.  “Is not Hezekiah misleading you, that he may give you over to die by famine and by thirst….do not let Hezekiah deceive you or mislead you….do not believe him”.

The enemy surrounded the city and “they shouted it with a loud voice in the language of Judah to the people of Jerusalem who were on the wall, to frighten and terrify them, in order that they might take the city”.  Discouragement is a key way the enemy always comes after us.  If we don’t hear the audible words from others around us, certainly the enemy whispers in our ear that we cannot trust God.  That He won’t show up and do battle on our behalf.  But Hezekiah knows the secret and “prayed because of this and cried to heaven”.  God is his secret weapon and prayer activates God’s power.

The Lord sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria”.  They didn’t even have to raise a sword.  God took care of the enemy in their very own camp.  “The Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem….he provided for them on every side”.  He didn’t just win the battle for them.  God took care of all the details.  “Hezekiah did not make return according to the benefit done to him, for his heart was proud”.  Hezekiah gets prideful and believes he was the source of victory.  And God rebukes him and Hezekiah humbles himself and leads his people to repent of pride in a victory that was God’s.  “Hezekiah prospered in all his works”.

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