What do we do when we are gripped by fear? Where do we flee when someone or something scares us to death? What is our first response to terror?
Hezekiah gives us a grand example of the behavior that should flow from us. "The best way to baffle the malicious designs of our enemies against us is to be driven by them to God and to our duty." (Matthew Henry)
We learn much about the character of a person by his or her reaction to the storms of life. In the past two years I've watched friends walk through some very deep waters. Some have wrapped the coat of Christ much more closely to themselves, others have tossed it to the wind. The former are finding joy and hope and comfort in the midst of the distresses of providence. The latter are seeing that the way of the transgressor is hard, yet they continue to harden themselves even more. By their choice biterness, anger, and misery are following them rather than goodness and mercy and it grieves my heart.
Hezekiah's message to Isaiah: "This day is a day of distress, rebuke, and rejection; for children have come to birth, and there is no strength to deliver. Perhaps the LORD yourGod will hear the words of Rabshaken, whom his master the king of Assyria has sent to reproach the living God, and will rebuke the words which the LORD your God has heard. Therefore, offer a prayer for the remnant that is left." (vs3-4)
Hezekiah recognizes in his words to Isaiah that Rabshakeh's words are a reproach to the living God and Isaiah's response confirms that fact. "And Isaiah said to them, 'Thus you shall say to your master, "Thus says the LORD, 'Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.'"'" (vs 6)
Two questions weigh on my heart from these 7 verses. What is my reaction to fearful circumstances - faith or flight? Where do I turn for comfort and safety - prayer or people?
Faithful Father, help my fears to drive me to faith and may the day of trouble be to me a day of prayer.