Dealing with enemy attacks is tough. Recently, someone on my team sent me a lot of angry emails.
It left me feeling uncomfortable because I don’t like confrontation. King Hezekiah probably felt more than uncomfortable, but fearful when he received news from an enemy the King of Assyria.
And in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them. 17 Then the king of Assyria sent the Tartan, the Rabsaris, and the Rabshakeh from Lachish, with a great army against Jerusalem, to King Hezekiah. 19 Then the Rabshakeh said to them, “Say now to Hezekiah, ‘Thus says the great king, the king of Assyria: “What confidence is this in which you trust? 20 You speak of having plans and power for war; but they are [k]mere words. And in whom do you trust, that you rebel against me? - 2 Kings 18:17,19-20
The Lord has your back
This enemy King was taunting King Hezekiah for having confidence in trusting God.
But if you say to me, ‘We trust in the Lord our God,’ is it not He whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah has taken away, and said to Judah and Jerusalem, ‘You shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem’?” 2 Kings 18:22
Hezekiah’s enemy came not once but twice with ominous news:
So he again sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying, 10 “Thus you shall speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying: ‘Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, “Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” 2 Kings 19:9-10
Our adversary in any form is always using the same tactic against the Lord’s people. What is that tactic?
Fear and Doubt.
Sometimes we can feel afraid and doubt if God will come to our rescue.
One thing Hezekiah did that we can take a lesson from is that he acknowledged the Lord and prayed. As soon as he received that letter he laid it at the altar of the Lord (2 Kings 19:14-15).
As a result, the Lord answered Hezekiah’s prayer. The Lord had Hezekiah’s back from the start!
Look at what God said in response to his prayer:
Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘Because you have prayed to Me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard.’ - 2 Kings 19:20
The key takeaway is that although we will inevitably face attacks from the enemy, we can find comfort in knowing that the Lord is aware of our situation, hears our prayers for assistance, and faithfully protects us.
In other words, the Lord Has Your Back! And if God before you who can be against you?
PS: You can listen to my Facebook Live Message “The Lord Has Your Back” here.