Lessons from Hezekiah – Confidence in God
2 Kings 18:19
The field commander said to them, “Tell Hezekiah: ‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have strategy and military strength — but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me?’” NIV
Hezekiah is one of my favorite kings. He came to the throne after a long line of unrighteous rulers and was determined to turn the nation back to God (2 Kings chapters 18-19). He smashed all the altars that were dedicated to idols and removed from Judah all those things that were an abomination to the Lord. He even had the courage to destroy the bronze snake that Moses had made (Numbers 21:9) because the people were bowing down and worshipping it. Above all, he was known as a man who had confidence in the Lord, who trusted God with all his heart.
What does it mean to have confidence in God? It means believing that God will do what He says He will do. It means that in every situation we face, we look to Him for our deliverance knowing that He can be trusted. Having confidence in the Lord means holding on to His promises and not letting go, no matter what. We don’t ignore reality but we have faith that He can change that reality. We don’t ignore the facts, but by faith we believe that nothing is ever settled until it is settled according to the word of the Lord. It’s looking to a different reality, taking hold of an altogether different set of facts!
There is something about putting our confidence in the Lord that is powerful. I am convinced that when a believer puts his trust in the Lord, and walks in that faith, there is always a release of supernatural power. Having confidence in the Lord is the first step to victory! God honors those who have confidence in Him and He will not fail them.
All these things came together in the life of Hezekiah as he faced the conquering armies of Assyria. The Assyrians had moved like locusts across the region devouring everything in their path, destroying nations and taking kings captive. No other nation had been able to withstand their onslaught. And now they stood before the gates of Jerusalem taunting a godly king who had put his faith in the God of Israel. He was outnumbered, outgunned and isolated. Hezekiah and all Judah with him should have gone down in defeat, but God came through for them and Hezekiah prevailed over the Assyrians. Confidence in the Lord is never misplaced.
You know, all the great men and women whose stories are recorded in the Bible rose above their circumstances and won great victories because they put their confidence in God. They did not earn their “greatness” because of their own wisdom or strength or ability; they knew greatness because they had confidence in God. And they were just like us – they faced fear and worry, they struggled – but they turned their fears and worries into trust and faith. They did not lose heart. They encouraged themselves with the word of God. They spoke faith to their heart and pressed on till they broke through.
Confidence in God – that’s our shield and our strength. I pray Proverbs 3:5-6 over you right now: Holy Spirit, help us to trust in the Lord with all our heart and not to lean on our own understanding. Teach us to acknowledge the Lord our God in all our ways so that He will make our paths straight.