Whom have you been defying and ridiculing? Against whom did you raise your voice? At whom did you look with such haughty eyes? It was the Holy One of Israel! (2 Kings 19:22)
Relate: As I was reading through today’s scripture, I was thinking about how Hezekiah and Isaiah did not need to try to defend God from the Assyrian’s mockery. All they did was take it to the Lord and let God defend himself. I was going to pull a quote from one of the best spoken word videos I’ve ever seen but it is good enough to watch again in entirety:
The quote I was thinking of is right around 1:50. “Trying to defend God is like trying to defend a lion. It don’t need your help, homey, just unlock the cage.”
React: So often I feel like God does need my help. I mean, not really, but things sure would go a lot smoother if He took my advice every now and then, wouldn’t it? When trouble first showed up, Hezekiah tried to buy his way out of it. He had to rob the temple to do it but even still, it didn’t help. Things only got worse. I know the feeling. “I can’t tithe this week because this bill needs to be paid and if it doesn’t I’m going to be in some serious trouble. God understands and I’ll pay it back.” Except I usually don’t and things only seem to get worse. God does understand, and He doesn’t want me to be a thief. Not paying my tithes is robbing God. Not so much from the money itself as it is robbing Him of my trust in Him, and of giving Him glory and authority in my life, and putting Him first. But I digress…
Hezekiah tried to buy his way out but it didn’t help. Now Assyria’s armies are at the gates mocking God, king, and country. The Assyrians write a letter to Hezekiah saying don’t bother trusting in God, it won’t help. I would have written a very sharp letter back. I would have told those Assyrians a thing or two. I would have… made a mistake and probably just have made a bad situation worse.
Hezekiah was a smarter man than I am. He simply took the letter to God. He just unlocked the cage. God took care of the rest. One hundred eighty five thousand Assyrians did not survive the night. The king himself made it back home only to be killed by his own sons. Hezekiah didn’t need to fight, neither do I. Just take it to the Lord and let Him do His thing. He’s pretty good at that if only I will get out of the way.
God, I’ve got this cage in my life that I need You to open. I think that this cage is the box I’ve put You in. It’s the limitations I’ve placed on You in my life. Help me to realize that it isn’t You in the cage, its me. All that cage is doing is keeping me from being free. It is keeping You from coming in. Help me to open up that door so that You can come invade my life. I give up control, come take over. I want to see You for how great You really are. Through that knowledge, I want to be free.