Recently one morning I got a phone call that one of our pastors in Rajasthan was assaulted by some anti-Christian young men in the night. They threw stones at his house, shouted at him and beat him in front of his family, and demanded he leave the city or face death. Shortly thereafter, the police showed up and arrested the young men. As they were leaving for the station, one of them said to our pastor, “When I come out from the police station, I will kill you.”
Right after hearing this report, I was reading my Bible and these words out of 2 Kings came to me as a great blessing, “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard.”
The Assyrian King, Sennacherib, suggested to the Israelites that his power was greater than God’s, and that their God in whom they trusted was deceiving them with false promises of deliverance. Sennacherib tried to get the people to doubt God’s power and to make an alliance with him, which would have likely ended in captivity or even death. But still, his arguments sounded so convincing!
Even today, anti-Christians tell us publicly that we will be deceived by trusting our God and His power. They believe (and openly declare) that the power shall be given to them and nobody can take it away from them. As soon as I read this passage, I knew that our pastor and our ministry were getting the same threat as King Hezekiah many years before.
When Hezekiah received the threats, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord” (II Kings-19:1). Next he spread the threats out before his God (II Kings 19:14-16). These acts showed that King Hezekiah humbled himself before God, repenting for his sins, and claiming his dependence on God’s help. I did the same thing; I repented and prayed as King Hezekiah; “Deliver us out of the hand of this wicked and proud people. It is true that there are many powerful kings and kingdoms, but let them all know that you alone are the only true God.”
God heard Hezekiah’s prayers and promised him that King Sennacherib would not come to the city of Jerusalem and would not even shoot an arrow (Vs. 32-33). On that same night the Lord sent one of his angels in to the Assyrian army and killed 185,000 soldiers of King Sennacherib (Vs. 35). Then Sennacherib was killed by his own son (vs. 36-37).
Friends, this is what God promised to do for his people then, and our God is the same yesterday, today and forever. You may be facing the same kinds of lies from the enemy today, telling you that your God is not big enough to rescue you from his power. Let us humble ourselves and look to the face of our Lord for help, because He is able. Many times the wicked think that God does not hear what they say against God’s people. God not only hears, but He also answers them according to their own words.