A Call to Stand
By the time we reach Isaiah 37-39, it is clear that while Hezekiah and the people of Judah remained silent in front of the enemy, the Lord was fighting on their behalf. After tearing his clothes and praying fervently before the Lord, Hezekiah spreads the issues before God (Isaiah 37:14-20). He does not tell others but goes to the one source He trusts, knows, and believes can provide.
"As soon as King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord. When the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, "Say to your master, 'Thus says the Lord: Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the young men of the king of Assyria have reviled me. Behold, I will put a spirit in him, so that he shall hear a rumor and return to his own land, and I will make him fall by the sword in his own land'" (Isaiah 37:1, 5-7 ESV).
Receiving encouragement from the Lord, Hezekiah prayed: "So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord" (Isaiah 37:20, ESV). In doing so, God heard Hezekiah's plea and answered him through the reassurance of Isaiah's prophecy (vs.20-38), including total deliverance, the murder of Sennacherib, a sign for Hezekiah himself, and restoration of the people of Judah.
Learning to remain silent in any given situation is hard, but it is complicated when that solitude is in the presence of our enemies. Everything within us wants to scream and shout, fight for ourselves, and bear an eye for an eye, but the Lord asks us to be still (Exodus 14:14).
A Prayer For Today
When the enemy strikes, the best thing we can do is what Hezekiah did: Take it to the Lord, repent (if necessary), and ask Him to fight for us. While you wait in silence, know that as the storm surges on, the Lord will go out on your behalf so that you don't have to worry about it.
While the outcome may not always look like what you wanted, and bad things happen to good people all the time, the fact is that we are all broken humans living on fallen earth; this is not all we are living for and striving for our ambitions is not the eternal prize. But one thing is for sure: He works all things for our good and His glory, and that includes when the enemy strikes.
Be still, my friend. The battle may rage on, but He's already won the never-ending war. We're just mere mortals passing through until we reach that destination with Him.
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