The Bible doesn’t encourage irresponsible behavior! God doesn’t honor sloth and laziness. There is usually something we’re expected to do – an action God has designed for us to take in order for us to experience His help, deliverance and victory.
I thought of that this morning as I read King Hezekiah’s frightening experience with Sennacherib, king of Assyria. The Bible says, “Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah and encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them for himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come and intended to fight against Jerusalem, he planned with his officers and his mighty men…” You then read the account of the wise, strategic actions he took on behalf of the nation… He did his part… he did what he could… he did what a good leader could be expected to do!
Then Hezekiah acknowledged what he could not do – what only God could do! Here is what the Bible records…
First he encouraged his commanders and the people… “He spoke encouragingly to them saying, ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh, but with us a the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.’ And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah, king of Judah.”
That, however, did not stop Sennacherib, king of Assyria from trying to intimidate Hezekiah and blaspheming Jehovah God.
Hezekiah’s response? He prayed and trusted God! “Then Hezekiah the king and Isaiah the prophet… prayed because of this and cried to heaven! And the Lord sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with same of face to his own land. And when he came into the house of his god, some of his own sons truck him down there with the sword. So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all his enemies, and he provided for them on every side!” (from 2 Chronicles 32:1-23 ESV)
I want to be that kind of Christian… I want to be that kind of leader! When I face challenges may I take the appropriate, God-honoring action I should. But then may I pray fervently and trust the living, mighty God to act!