Faith over Fear: This Is God's Battle Now
Updated: Mar 17
How to trust in God's strength when the devil comes against you.
"Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he will not be able to deliver you from my hand. Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord by saying, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’ (2 Kings 18:29-35 ESV)
Sennacherib, King of Assyria, shouted this and much more at the city gates of Jerusalem. He stood there with his vast army trying to convince Judah to open up their gates to him without even a fight. He had already taken captive most of Judah and now he was about to land the final blow against the Capital City.
To the people of that day, these battles were as much a contest of gods as they were of steel. The victor’s gods were assumed to be more powerful. Sennacherib boasted of all the other nation’s gods that he had defeated. Besides, he had already taken most of Judah.
Sennacherib even added, “The Lord said to me, ‘Go up against this land and destroy it.’”
Israel definitely carried a lot of guilt. They had just finished cleansing themselves from generations of deep sin. They had nothing to boast about spiritually. This definitely wouldn’t be the first time the curse of their past sins overtook them.
Read what Sennacherib says very carefully: Doesn’t this sound familiar? Isn’t this EXACTLY the same anxiety, fear, and guilt we battle mentally every day?
The name Sennacherib means “sin” and “destruction.”
“Make peace with me. Come out to me--open your gates. I have never lost a battle. Do not trust in the Lord to save you. Even if he could, why would he? Your sins are too great. You cannot win. Let’s negotiate. I will bring you peace if you serve me instead. You will live in a land like your own--but you will be safe at last.”
Wouldn’t that be nice? To be able to stop fighting? To finally have peace and safety?
This is where most devotionals will say something like “Fight those lies! Resist the devil!” But then we end up doing it on our own strength.
So let me put it another way...
Sennacherib's words were all but begging Israel to come out and fight--or not fight. Anything to get their attention onto him.
Because there was no way they could win.
Judah was truly hopeless. Whether in words or in battle, they would lose. Sennacherib had then cornered on every angle. That’s why Hezekiah’s command was not “Fight the lies!”
“But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the king’s command was ‘Do not answer him’ …as soon as King Hezekiah heard [Sennacherib’s words], he tore his clothes and covered himself with sackcloth and went into the house of the Lord (2 Kings 18:36; 19:1 ESV. Emphasis mine).
Do not answer the lies. Do not fight.
This is not about you. This is about God’s Name.
"Is God who he says he is or not?"
That’s not you asking that question--it’s the devil. The devil has taken God to court and accused him of being a liar.
“God’s not really trustworthy. He cannot deliver. He’s full of empty promises."
God’s Name is sacred and powerful. At the very name of Jesus, every knee will bow! The more you read the Bible (especially the Old Testam