Monday, July 22

What is this confidence?

Scripture: Isaiah 36-37, Psalm 76, 1 Peter 1

Isaiah 36:4 Then Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria, “What is this confidence that you have?”

Observation

The powerful king of Assyria besieged Jerusalem, and sent an emissary, Rabshakeh, to convince the Judeans to surrender peacefully and be exiled.  Rabshakeh begins his speech with this question: “What is this confidence you have?  On whom do you rely that you have rebelled against me?”  If they are counting on help from Egypt, they are doomed.  Leaning on Egypt is like leaning on a splinter that will only pierce your hand when you put weight on it.  And if they are counting on their God to save them, count again.  No other nation’s god has been able to save them from Assyria; why should it be different for you?  

The answer to Rabshakeh’s question was that King Hezekiah relied on the Lord.  He asked the prophet Isaiah to pray and trusted God, and the Assyrians withdrew because of trouble elsewhere.  Later, when Hezekiah received a letter from the king of Assyria promising to return and conquer them, the king “spread it before the Lord” and prayed, and God promised to save them—and did!  What is this confidence you have?  Hezekiah had confidence in the Lord!

Application

What is this confidence you have?  On whom do you rely?  

These are great questions for me.  When trouble comes, where do I turn?  Do I rely on myself and start scheming?  Do I immediately turn to others?  Or do I rely on the Lord and turn to Him?  One of my mottos has been, “Pray first.”  In other words, turn to God first, rather than relying on someone or something else.  That’s my goal.

What is this confidence I have?  It’s the Lord!  I’m trusting Him.

Prayer

Lord, help learn from Hezekiah, and pray first.  I want my confidence to be in You.