RESTING ON THE WORD OF A KING Andy Hollifield 1-23-19
2 Chronicles 32:8 With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah. (KJV)
Read that verse again. Now at the end of it you can replace Hezekiah with Jesus king of Glory. I’m not changing the scripture but we don’t need to rest on Hezekiah’s words because we have the words of Christ our Savior to rest on. If you didn’t read another thing today, that one verse should be enough to encourage all of us. No matter who comes against us, God is there to help us and to fight our battles. Romans 2:11 says that he is no respecter of persons so if he did it for Hezekiah he will do it for us.
I began to wonder why these people rested so much on the words of Hezekiah. It is found in detail also in 2 Kings 18 and 19. As I began to read the chapter I noticed all of the taunting that Judah received from the enemy. Have you ever received that kind of taunting from our adversary the devil? Before I get into that I want to say this; When we begin to listen to the enemy, we will give ground that we would have not otherwise given up. Our enemy comes at us often with logic and reason. Sometimes, he makes good sense if we are looking at the hopelessness of our situation. I don’t mean to give Satan credit but he is good at what he does.
If you look in chapter 17 you will find that the children of Israel had started engaging in idol worship and worshipping the gods of their enemies. They had done so secretly like God wouldn’t find out about it. They went so far as to once again start worshipping graven images and planting groves to worship Baal for at least three generations. Let me say right here that God knows, sees, and can do all things that we need. They even got so bad they were worshipping the brazen serpent that Moses had built. Our enemy can’t be bought and deterred from attacking us no matter what we do. In chapter 18, Hezekiah tried to give Sennacherib king of Assyria all the gold and silver he could come up with to spare Judah but it didn’t work. The bible says in 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” That is Satan’s purpose is to devour and destroy us and if he can’t kill us, at least make us ineffective in the work of the Lord. Like I mentioned earlier, you will never gain ground by giving ground to the enemy.
The Assyrians knew how to play mind games with Judah. They tried to talk Judah into defeat by way of speaking with the soldiers under Hezekiah. They said everything possible to discourage Judah. They warned that Hezekiah was only deceiving them with all the talk of God delivering them. All the other cities had tried and all had failed. With the laundry list of fallen armies and leaders, Judah had good cause to be scared. I mentioned the enemy’s reason and logic. Common sense would have told Judah that it was hopeless and the Assyrians would soon capture them. I am thankful that our God isn’t limited by common sense, reason, or logic. When Hezekiah received threatening letters from the Assyrians, he immediately after reading it, went straight to the Lord’s house to seek his wisdom. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful lesson for us to learn? When things go wrong and the enemy is threatening, just lay it all out before the Lord and pray as Hezekiah did in 19:15-19. Also, don’t try engaging the enemy until you have received the answer from God. God sent Isaiah to Hezekiah to let him know his prayers had been answered. God promised Hezekiah that Sennacherib wouldn’t enter the city. Overnight in the camp of the Assyrians, the Lord sent his angel to destroy them. The next morning there were 85,000 thousand Assyrians dead in their camp. Sennacherib returned home in defeat.
I went through all of that to say this; we can rest on the word of our king. Regardless of our situation, Jeremiah 32:17 says there is nothing too hard for God. There has not ever been one thing in our lives that has made God worry. If God can kill 85,000 overnight with one angel, just think what he can do for us. He will not leave you. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee nor forsake thee.” God knows exactly where you are, what you need, when you need it, and he is with you and won’t ever let you down or leave you. You’ve been in places like this before. Hasn’t God stood the test of time and proven himself faithful in your life? You truly can, rest on the words of your king, he’s got this! Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!