For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
“Thus shall you speak to Hezekiah king of Judah: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you by promising that Jerusalem will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
Behold, you have heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, devoting them to destruction. And shall you be delivered?
Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my fathers destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar?
Where is the king of Hamath, the king of Arpad, the king of the city of Sepharvaim, the king of Hena, or the king of Ivvah?'”
Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD:
“O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth.
Incline your ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God.
Truly, O LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands,
and have cast their gods into the fire. For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed.
So now, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the LORD.”
When trouble comes we can do as this king; we can recognize that only a living God has the power to destroy our enemy. We place our trouble before God and we acknowledge his greatness and power. We stand, as believers, on what He can do and He alone. This is where we put our trust, not in an earthly kingdom or nation, but in the spiritual kingdom of God who rules over all.
“From before time began, you are God alone, you are on your throne,
in the good times and bad, you are God alone, you are on your throne…” – William McDowell
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