from Lynda Lindsey
After these things and these acts of faithfulness (of Hezekiah), Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself. II Chronicles 32:1
Hezekiah to his people: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight out battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. II Chronicles 32:7-8
So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all his enemies, and He provided for them on every side. II Chronicles 32:22
During the time the northern kingdom of Israel was taken into Assyrian exile because she neither listened to or obeyed God, Judah’s king Hezekiah trusted God and remained faithful to Him. Aside from a lapse in faith when Hezekiah attempted, and failed, to appease the Assyrians with gold and silver, Hezekiah refused to surrender to the enemy. The Assyrians, masters of intimidation, mocked and reviled God, promoted distrust, and cast doubt and aspersion on God, God’s promises, and the competency of Judah’s leaders, but Hezekiah relied on the Lord to defend and save Jerusalem.
Hezekiah’s strong faith, his willingness to pray, to seek God’s and Isaiah’s counsel, and his willingness to obey God’s direction ensured victory in the battle. Hezekiah remained faithful even as the enemy taunted Hezekiah with the question, “Shall you be delivered?” Hezekiah knew the answer. God is the true provider on every side. God, our sure and strong defense, will deliver and save His people! Hezekiah inspired and encouraged Judah to not be afraid, reminding them that the enemy fights only with the arm of flesh, but God is with His people and fights their battles for them.
The enemy’s strategy is to create confusion, to spread doubt and fear so that we surrender without a fight. If both leaders and followers doubt the leaders’ capability to lead, and everyone doubts God, the enemy’s victory is assured. Absolute, rock-solid faith is key. Know God! Know His Word, His character. Be strong and courageous. Refuse fear; refuse to be dismayed. See with eyes of faith; there are more on our side than it appears. We don’t fight in the flesh; God, our provision, fights for us on every side. Answer the taunt, “Shall you be delivered?” with a resounding, “Yea and amen!”