In the mornings I’ve been reading 2 Kings and truthfully, I’ve gotten lost more than a few times. But where I’m at now, rings loud and clear. Hezekiah reigns king over Judah, and the king of Assyria sends his Rabshakeh to him — Jerusalem is next on the list to conquer.
While standing at the wall of the city with a great Assyrian army, the Rabshakeh shouts questions at the people of Jerusalem. Do you really believe your God will rescue? We’ve overthrown the gods of every other nation. Don’t let Him deceive you with His promises!
But at the command of Hezekiah, the people answer nothing.
Later, the Rabshakeh is pulled away by rumors just as the Lord said would happen, but he sends a letter to Hezekiah. The same threats. The same lofty ideals against the God of Israel. And Hezekiah takes that letter, spreads it before the Lord, and bows his heart in prayer. Yes, the Assyrian army had cast down other gods, but they were not God. Would the only true God deliver His people now?
And God sends His answer. Jerusalem wouldn’t lift a sword. No arrow would be cast at them. The Angel of the Lord went out by night, and when the Assyrian army arose in the morning, death had come to 185,000. God delivered Jerusalem.
As I think upon this word “worship,” I think about this history. Hezekiah did just that. He worshiped God. He took his need to the Lord. The need for the city. He humbled himself and cried out. He believed in the face of threat.
And today, we have an enemy. One who roams about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. And I guarantee he’s threatened you. He’s challenged your God. He’s asked why you believe. He’s taunted with his victories and He’s asked, “Where was your God then?” He’s laughed at your belief.
Don’t answer him. Turn to God. And if you’re not sure you can believe, ask the Lord to help your unbelief.
He’s with you. He cares. He reigns over all the kingdoms of the earth. He can deliver. And if you wait on Him, worship in spirit and in truth, He will deliver.
Today, I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo and the Five Minute Friday community on the word prompt, worship.