“Then the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went away, returned home, and remained at Nineveh. Now it came to pass, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, that his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Ararat. Then Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place.”
Isaiah 37:36-38 NKJV
The battle belongs to the Lord
As a believer, I feel the daily pressures to conform to the vague values of an oppressive, unbelieving world. My personal insistance on believing the Holy Scriptures and actually making an effort to do what it says, places me at odds with the establishment. Our world is upside down and our culture is making what was taboo, normal, and gross sin the accepted norm. I no longer fit in this society, and there is a concerted effort to push me to the side, and limit my voice of influence in the cultural conversation.
In my weak and discouraged moments I can get to feeling that there is no hope. I can imagine the struggle of Hezekiah, as he considered the threatening letter from Sennacherib. He worried for the old, the women and the children. He took the matter to the Lord. The Lord answered, responded and took action. In the Old Testament, the Angel of the Lord is what we call a christophony, or a preencarnate presence of God the Son, Jesus Christ. The Lord came an did battle on behalf of His people. He destroyed the enemy completely.
In the midst of these difficult times, it is easy to feel like everything is falling apart, like the very survival of all we hold dear is at risk. It likely is. I have an advantage: most of what I hold dear, and all those I love are gone. I speak as one clinging to the Lord and longing for the day of the Lord, whether it be my own day of the Lord when I leave this earth, or when the Lord Jesus brings justice due to this world. I know that my God is in control and I am not.
Believers, do not be discouraged. I will remind you constantly that our God is not asleep, He is not slack, He is there. He is working in hearts and minds daily. Seek Him everyday, and be encouraged. He is on our side.
““If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,” Let Israel now say— “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their wrath was kindled against us; Then the waters would have overwhelmed us, The stream would have gone over our soul; Then the swollen waters Would have gone over our soul.” Blessed be the LORD, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth.”
Psalms 124:1-6 NKJV
If not for the Jesus, we who call upon the Name of the Lord would be swallowed upon by this culture. But we stand. Yes, we stand. I urge you brothers and sisters to pray for each other. So many of my beloved fellow saints are hurting.
Jesus is coming!
Now is the time to hang on and continually seek the Lord, to stand firm. If your church is meeting, go! I have been so blessed by going to assemble with my fellow believers.
Again. Do not be discouraged. At the end of the passage, the enemies of God’s people are so consumed with hate, that they destroy each other. I suspect that God will do much of that in the near future, as forces of evil consume each other, and implode. Go out today and stand tall, seek the Lord and take pleasure in His faithfulness. Share this great salvation with someone today. People are in fear and looking for hope. We have that hope.
THE PRAYER CHAIR IS OPEN! Send me your requests.