“Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The LORD will deliver us.’ Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria?”
. . . Then Eliakim, son of Hilkiah the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and Joah son of Asaph the recorder went to Hezekiah, with their clothes torn, and told him what the field commander had said.
When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD.
He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz. They told him, “This is what Hezekiah says: This day is a day of distress and rebuke and disgrace, as when children come to the moment of birth and there is no strength to deliver them. It may be that the LORD your God will hear all the words of the field commander, whom his master, the king of Assyria, has sent to ridicule the living God, and that He will rebuke him for the words the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, pray for the remnant that still survives.”
When King Hezekiah’s officials came to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard — those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Listen! When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with his own sword.’ ” 2 Kings 18:32-19:1-7
Have you ever wondered what God has to say about your situation? When the Enemy comes ranting boastfully about how he is going to mow you down, does it ever cross your mind what the LORD might just be thinking about the boastfulness of the Enemy?
Well, here’s an inkling about what God might just have to say about the Enemy’s boast: “This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard — those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with his own sword.”
So, don’t be afraid of the taunting of the Enemy. God has a word of assurance for you: “I will have him cut down with his own sword!” The Enemy can plan all he wants to, but God has the final word: He will have him cut down with his own sword. That is God’s assuring word to you today. Receive it and be at peace.
Prayer: Lord, I receive your word that none of the plans of the Enemy against me will prosper because you will have him cut down with his own sword even before those plans materialize. Amen.