Monday, July 22, 2013

Situation: Critical

Who among all the gods of these lands have delivered their lands out of my hand, that the LORD should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?

Isaiah 36:20

The commander of the army of the king of Assyria is confident that Jerusalem will fall to Assyria's invading forces. He comes to the walls of Jerusalem and taunts the people, mocking God in the process. The words are harsh and threatening. The man who mocks God is proud. The situation looks bleak. It seems to be impossible for it not to happen.

But out of this critical confrontation a faith is forged. The reality is that God had never decreed that Jersualem should fall to Assyria. And the leaders in Judah trusted God to deliver. King Hezekiah refused to answer the taunts of Assyrian pride. Instead, the people sought the LORD.

That response shows us how to handle those who mock God. Don't believe them. Don't worry about their twisted accusations. Wait and trust in God. He is more than capable of ending the mocking of His name. Nothing changes that. His rejection by others brings reception by His people. And that simple truth makes all the difference. The situation was really critical for Assyria and not for Jerusalem. Judah trusted God. The Assyrian army was going to find out just Who God was and why no one gets away with mocking Him.

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