God still moves.
Sometimes He’s subtle.
Sometimes He makes a statement.
In Isaiah 36-37, God made a statement. The Assyrian army stood poised to take Jerusalem. Israel had fallen. Judah, under godly King Hezekiah, was next in line.
Sennacherib’s field commander recommended surrender. After all, no one had survived Assyria’s onslaught. No god had withstood the gods of the Assyrians. Shock and awe barely described these ruthless and brutal people.
King Hezekiah sent men to Isaiah, then went to the LORD in prayer. God sent this word against Sennacherib to King Hezekiah (Isaiah 37:22-35). Here’s a portion:
“But I know where you are and when you come and go and how you rage against me. Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.”
The results? Read verses 36-37, “Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.”
Let’s train with Hezekiah:
- Have we forgotten how big our God is? Just as He knows our every move (Psalm 139), He is well aware of every act of evil. We know He is omniscient. But I tend to apply His omniscience to my own sin, not someone else’s. I forget He sees every sin—those against His children, those against the innocent, those against the defenseless.
- He can and will do something about it. Who hasn’t wrestled with the question of why do bad things happen? Whether you are happy with His present decisions or not, understand, all will be dealt with. In His time. Not ours.
- The results will be beyond our wildest imagination. When judgment comes, I don’t think we’ll be cheering. I think we will fall on our faces before a powerful and holy God and be thankful for the grace we’ve received.
God takes no sin lightly—and neither should we. He sees each one. Each sin will come under the blood of Jesus or will be judged. Don’t lose sight of sin’s seriousness in the day-to-day grind.
God still moves. In big ways. In small ones. Look for His activity. Expect big things. He is more than able.
Nail your spiritual workouts this week, and change your corner of the gym.
Workout of the Week: God Still Moves
Memory Verse: “Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.” Isaiah 37:36-37 (NIV)
Meditation Passage: Isaiah 37:22-35
Just Do It: Watch for Him.
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