Taking Threats to the Throne
“In the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah’s reign,King Sennacherib of Assyria came to attack the fortified towns of Judah and conquered them.” 2 Kings 18:13
All their fears were now realized and knocking at their doorstep.
The Assyrian Army had already conquered all of their neighbors including Israel and now they had overrun the border cities of Judah and have arrived at the gates of Jerusalem. King Hezekiah was a good and Godly king but in the face of this overwhelming threat his faith crumbled and he retreated to his own power. He attempts to pay a ransom for their safety and does so by robbing the silver and gold in the Temple and even stripped the Gold from the doorposts of the Temple.
He and his people are scared and lacking faith. When the ransom fails to save them he sends messengers to the prophet Isaiah as a last resort, asking Isaiah to pray to “His God”.
Bend down, O Lord and Listen
When the final written warning from Sennacherib comes, Hezekiah makes a very different choice,
“After Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it, he went up to the Lord’s Temple and spread it out before the Lord.” 2 Kings 19:14
He took that threat which was sure to destroy him and everything he loved and he went straight to God. He took the threat to the throne.
I don’t know what you are facing today but I if you are drawing breath then you are either in the midst of a threat or one is coming around the corner.
Don’t retreat to your own strength and resources but rather remember you are a child of the King and even when you make a terrible mistake, as Hezekiah did, God is waiting for us to confess our fears and admit our inability to handle them.
Once we spread that letter out in front of God that my friend is when Jehovah Sabaoth (Lord of Hosts) shows up.
Dear Christian, take your threat to the throne room. You serve an almighty God who is not surprised by the threat or your weakness and he will use both to bring Glory to Himself.
“But have you not heard? I decided this long ago. Long ago I planned it,and now I am making it happen.” 2 Kings 19:25
PS: Don’t miss the God’s full response to Sennacherib, in 1 Kings 19:2-34