2 Chronicles 32: 6-8
He appointed military officers over the people and assembled them before him in the square at the city gate and encouraged them with these words:7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Sennacherib was an Assyrian King during the time that Hezekiah was the King of Judah. The Assyrian King surrounded Judah with his large army.
Hezekiah was a courageous and wise leader of Judah.
First, when Hezekiah heard that Sennacherib had taken over parts of Judah, and was coming to lay siege to Jerusalem, he blocked up the springs and water systems, so the Assyrians wouldn’t find much water there. Then, he had the broken walls of Jerusalem repaired, and the Bible says he worked hard to repair them. He also had a second wall built to reinforce the city. He ordered that many weapons and shields be made.
After working hard to stop the invasion with physical work, the final important thing Hezekiah did was to encourage the people with the words of the above verses.
It must have given the people of Jerusalem so much hope to hear that although the Assyrian King had a vast army, they had a greater power with them. Sennacherib only had an arm of flesh, but they had the Lord God to help them fight their battles.
This gave the people confidence.
This is an exciting story to read, because we get to hear the end!
The King of Assyria sends letters to Jerusalem, mocking them. Sennacherib ridicules the God of Israel, and says he has defeated many cities and their gods, and tries to discourage the people by asking them what they are basing their hope on. The Assyrian officers also ridicule the people of Jerusalem for believing in their God for deliverance.
I cannot say it as well as the Bible, so this is how it ends according to 2 Chronicles 20-23:
20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the commanders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons, his own flesh and blood, cut him down with the sword.
22 So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them[c] on every side. 23 Many brought offerings to Jerusalem for the Lord and valuable gifts for Hezekiah king of Judah. From then on he was highly regarded by all the nations.
God does not disappoint those who believe in Him! He is victorious, and we are strong when He is with us!
Dear God, I thank you for stories such as this one. It encourages me, that when so much is against us, and we have done all that we can do, that the final thing is to believe that You will fight the giants that stand against us, and You will prevail. You are mighty. Your ways are higher than our ways, and You love Your people. I thank You for Your protection and great love! Amen!