Hezekiah received the (threatening) letter from the messengers (of the king of Assyria) and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: “O LORD, God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, O LORD, and hear; open your eyes, O LORD, and see; listen to the words Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God. “It is true, O LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by men’s hands. 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.”
2 Kings 19:14-19
May we live our lives always keenly aware of the presence of the Almighty, keenly aware of who He really is, and that nothing will happen to us that He has not allowed and ordained for His good purposes; having the same certainty of this that we see here in the heart of King Hezekiah, who continued to walk with full confidence in the Holy One of Israel, despite the deep troubles of his time, having just witnessed the exile of the northern kingdom of Israel, and now having to stand against those same enemies on behalf of Jerusalem and the nation of Judah.
Troubling times? Most definitely. But like Hezekiah may we walk and rest in full confidence in the Holy One of Israel. And as we rest in confidence, because of this confidence with which we walk and live and breathe, He will act on our behalf, protecting all that we’ve entrusted into His hands.