Monday, July 20

What are you trusting in?

Scripture: 2 Kings 18-19, 2 Chronicles 32, James 5

2 Chronicles 32:10 “This is what King Sennacherib of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you think you can survive my siege of Jerusalem?”

Observation

The mighty Assyrian army, undefeated in battle, surrounded Jerusalem for a siege.  The Assyrian king, Sennacherib, sent a message demanding that King Hezekiah surrender or be slaughtered or taken captive.  The message begins with these words:

“What are you trusting in?”  

The Assyrian messenger goes on to point out that no other nation and their gods have been able to withstand the Assyrian army.  Jerusalem too will fall for Judah’s God can’t save them.  He goes on to mock the Lord and equate Him with all the other gods which are nothing but idols made by human hands.  He says that their trust in the Lord is misplaced, a mistake that will lead to their death and destruction.  

King Hezekiah seeks counsel from the prophet Isaiah who tells him that the Lord will deliver him.  What are you trusting in?  Keep on trusting God!

Application

“What are you trusting in?”

It’s a great question for us, right now.  So many things are uncertain.  It’s difficult, if not impossible to make plans with any certainty that they will happen.  The future is murky, the present unsettled.  What are you trusting in?

When you get bad news, when your comfortable reality is suddenly flipped on its head, what are you trusting in?  Do you turn to the Lord and trust Him when the enemy is just outside the gates, when death seems imminent, when catastrophe seems certain, when the future is unclear?  

Now is not a time to pull away from the Lord, but to press in!  Once again, I quote Hudson Taylor:

“It does not matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies — whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you nearer His heart.” 

What are you trusting in?

Prayer: Lord, help me to turn to You and trust You deeply with the things that threaten or unsettle me.