This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Caleb Beller.
[2Ch 32:8 KJV] 8 With him [is] an arm of flesh; but with us [is] the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.
Hezekiah was facing an insurmountable force. The Assyrian’s had already conquered the North and set their eyes on Jerusalem. 2 Kings 18 tells us how Hezekiah initially tried to pay them off, but the Assyrian King didn’t just want their money, he wanted to show he was greater than Israel’s God!
Verse 20 mentions Hezekiah’s prayer and Isiah’s prophecy! God would defend the city and His people. (2 Ki 19:34) As Hezekiah spread out the threats of the enemy before the Lord, it became clear that no matter how great the size of the enemy, the “I AM” was greater!
It says the people “rested” in God’s promise! I love how God assures Hezekiah even though he started off on the wrong track! Another lesson we see is how Hezekiah trusted in God’s power but took steps to prepare for victory! He stopped up the water, fixed up the walls, and prepared the people (vs.3-6). Faith doesn’t mean we don’t do our part!
Are you facing an overwhelming situation right now? Have you tried every practical and human solution and it feels like it is getting worse? Take some time to write your biggest fears and take it to God. See how His power and promises are greater than our fears and greater than our foes. As we see the victory brought by the angel (21) let that remind you of the power and victory we have through Christ! Remember His promises and take the appropriate steps! Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world! (1 Jn 4:4b)