QT – Isaiah 37

Vs. 20, “Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God.”  Question: What did Hezekiah do when the enemy came to intimidate?  He came to lay his burden down to the Lord!  Instead of overreacting, Hezekiah humbled himself before the Lord.  What a timely reminder for me.  Hezekiah also seeks out Isaiah for an encouraging word, and Isaiah would prophecy of Sennacherib and the Assyrians demise.  An amazing thing happens…God fights for His people and the vast army of 185,000 men laid dead the next morning (vs. 36).  Crazy stuff, huh?  And later on, Sennacherib’s blasphemous behavior would be dealt with by the blood of his own.  He would be murdered by his own sons in the house of his pagan God who would not protect him.

Regarding application…Do Not Be Afraid.  Vs. 6, “Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.”  Let’s be honest…there are times when we are scared.  Afraid of our future, afraid of our failures, afraid of our relationships, afraid of our abilities.  But that is where God reminds us that we have someone in our corner that is greater then the enemy.  Jesus would defeat death on the cross and give us victory!  Even when the odds seemed insurmountable, God can do the impossible.  Even in the Inland Empire (Corona, Riverside, Norco, Chino, etc.)…a literal desert of heat, a place where the highway of drugs passes through from LA to Vegas, a place where it can be so spiritually dry…God promises He will provide for us.  Don’t let the enemy discourage you this week, or in our endeavor to live a life that is holy for the Lord!