ALL BY HIMSELF

“May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.” Psalm 67:2

 Have you ever needed God to deliver you from something? I can remember various times in my life when I needed God to show up and deliver me from situations that were bigger than me. In fact, as I write this, one such situation jumps out in my mind so vividly, though it was well over twenty years ago.

In Isaiah chapters 36 and 37, we read an account where Israel faced a situation far bigger than themselves, and they needed God to deliver them. King Sennacherib of Assyria came to attack and take over and sent a delegation to meet with King Hezekiah’s officials. The boastfulness, pride, and threats that spewed from their mouths caused the people to tremble in fear. They all knew of King Sennacherib’s reputation and how he had mercilessly conquered one kingdom after another, and now they found themselves in his crosshairs.

King Sennacherib, however, took it way too far when he began to personally attack and belittle the God of Israel and Judah. His boastful rant was more than God could take and the Lord answered back in a personal way. Yes, He answered the prayers of Hezekiah for deliverance, but not in the manner He had often done throughout history. This time, He didn’t send out the troops from Israel and Judah to fight and win. No, this time He fought them Himself. Isaiah 37:36 says, “That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.”

 1 Peter 1:21 tells us that, “Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.”

 Today, or any day, when you face a foe or circumstance that seems greater than you, you can put your faith and trust in Christ to be your Deliverer. The Lord has included deliverance in our Salvation package, and He is well able to deliver, even if He has to do it all by Himself.

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