Focal passage: Isaiah 37:14-20, 30-35
I am a pretty independent person. I don’t like to ask for help unless absolutely necessary. More than once, I’ve gotten into a situation that was well beyond my ability, only to get in a bind and have to cry out for help. You’ve probably been there too. The response I have often (rightly) received was something like, “Why didn’t you call me before? You know I would have answered and come to help.” As independent, maybe even stubborn, as I am, there have been certain situations where I simply knew better than to even think about trying them myself.
I knew I had no hope on my own. In those situations, I was glad to have a faithful family member or friend I could call on to help.
In today’s passage, we see Hezekiah in the latter situation. He had been given a word from the king of Assyria. He knew by observation and reputation that these were not empty threats.
The other nations, and the gods they called out to, could not save them from the relentless attack of Sennacherib and the vast Assyrian army of more than 185,000 soldiers. However, Hezekiah knew his situation was different. His God was not an impotent idol, but rather the one true God, the God of the Armies.
Hezekiah turned his heart, and his appeal, to God in faith. We must do the same. We are prone to try to walk through life in our own strength, in situations big or small. God wants us to, in every situation, call out to, and trust, Him, knowing He will answer.