- Trust Your Way To Rest (2)
"He trusted very strongly in the Lord God of Israel. In fact, none of the kings before or after him were as close to God as he was. For he followed the Lord in everything, and carefully obeyed all of God's commands to Moses. So the Lord was with him and prospered everything he did..." (2 Kings 18:5-7 TLB)
The people of Judah had just seen the king of Assyria destroy the people of Northern Israel; and now he was invading their lands. But that wasn't the real problem. It was more like the battle of the Spartans and the Persians at Thermopylae. They were outnumbered by about ten to one. Plus the enemy also had the nerve to go before the gates of Jerusalem to mock the people and God. What nerve!
But doesn't that remind you of something you may have gone through or are presently going through? The messengers of Assyria said that it was God's will for them to ravage Jerusalem. Hasn't it ever felt like God is seemingly more against you than with you? That's how the Jews would have felt. But were they right? Of course not! That's also exactly how your interpretation of your current situation isn't right. God hasn't abandoned you; He's still very much on your side.
The entire story was put in place to show His glory in your life. Just like Hezekiah's. Everything we see happen between Judah and Assyria was just to explain what our theme scripture says. In the midst of the turmoil, Hezekiah trusted in the Lord. He didn't allow the biggest intimidation of all time weigh him down. He didn't let the negative signs dissuade him from all God has assured him of. He focused more on God. He focused on the truth of God's Word. He must have read David's confession of how he trusted God and as a result He saved him (Psalm 28:7), and continued on that path. He knew the best yielding to the fears he felt would do to him is slavery; but in trusting God, the possibilities are endless.
And so, I'm asking you to trust Him today; whatever He has promised you, He would do it. But more than anything, you have to trust Him. Remember He is the same God who causes the green tree to wither and the dry tree to grow. He's that incomprehensibly reliable, and He will do it for you.
Lord Jesus, I thank you because you do everything you say you will do. But much more, you do everything we trust you to do. I'm confident that by the power of your Spirit, you will bring into reality everything you have spoken into my life, to the glory of your name. Amen