When we left off Tuesday, King Hezekiah had taken the letter from King Sennacherib to the temple of the Lord. It was a threatening letter full of blasphemy and Hezekiah prayed over it for the Lord's help. Today the Lord answers through the prophet Isaiah.
We know Sennacherib never turned to the living God because he was struck down while worshiping a pagan idol. There is an ancient legend that Sennacherib intended to sacrifice these two sons to his god in thanks for allowing him to return safely to Nineveh. Whether this particular story is true or not, we find that these two sons harbored an intense hatred for their father, so much so that they conspired together to kill him. Sennacherib was likely as cruel as a father as he was as a king.
Hezekiah's faith in God was not misplaced. When trouble came, he went directly to the only One who could rescue him, and God heard his prayer. The divine deliverance of Jerusalem strengthened the faith of Hezekiah and the people. It may even have had some effect on the Assyrian people, at least a few, for now they know that the God of Judah is a God mighty to save. If the people had not returned to Him during the reign of Hezekiah, I think things would have turned out differently. I think God would have allowed Judah to be conquered and taken captive, just as He allowed Israel to be conquered and taken captive. But God is so gracious! We fail time and time again but, like a good Father, God accepts our repentant hearts and our desire to do better. He knows He made us from the dust of the ground. (Psalm 103:14) He knows we are weak and tempted and tried. He knows we have an enemy whose main weapon is discouragement. But God is faithful to His children. When we fall and reach a hand up for help, He gently gathers us to our feet again.
Below is our worship song link for today.
What A Savior