Hanging on by a Thread
“And 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” (2 Kings 19.14 NKJV).
King Hezekiah was a good king; but because of the sins of previous kings and the people, the second half of God’s chosen nation, Jerusalem, was hanging on by a thread. The first half, Israel, had already been absorbed by the powerful kingdom of Assyria. Tiny Jerusalem was surrounded by enemies; however, the Assyrians were dominating the world at this time; and they boasted about their victories. The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, wrote a letter to Hezekiah describing his strength and mocking King Hezekiah for having faith in the One True God. Hezekiah’s first plan of action when receiving this letter was to go straight to the House of the Lord and to spread the letter before God. Almost two hundred thousand Assyrian soldiers were at Hezekiah’s doorstep, and there was absolutely nothing he could do. Although this situation seemed bleak, it was actually the best place to tap into the supernatural power of God. Many times we dip into our own abilities, resources and strengths; but when we do, we bypass the abilities, resources and strengths of our perfect God. King Hezekiah went to God, and God supernaturally dominated Jerusalem’s enemy. When we learn to bring everything before the Lord first—both big and small situations—we begin to develop a discipline of relying on God’s abundance instead of our insignificant stockpile of fragments. When we expose our lack, God pours out His grace.
“The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm” (Exodus 14.14 NLT).