I think that if there is an overall message the Lord has been giving me lately, it would be that our GOD is great, and oh-so powerful, but yet that He is good and He takes care of us. He loves His children.
We often know these facts but yet we follow our own intuitions instead of trusting our Heavenly Father. This is what happened to King Hezekiah. Previously, the kingdom had been in bondage to Assyria and had to pay a tribute to them to leave Judah alone. When Hezekiah came into power, he stopped paying this tribute. Thus when Assyria came after him, he became very nervous.
He saw his terrible enemy, Sennacherib (King of Assyria) defeat foe after foe. Thus when King Sen. came up against King Hezy, He got very nervous. He didn't call out to God; His first reaction was a "I can do this myself" reaction. In fact this is what happened...
Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.14 And Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria to Lachish, saying, I have offended; return from me: that which thou puttest on me will I bear. And the king of Assyria appointed unto Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.15 And Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the house of the Lord, and in the treasures of the king's house.
He literally tried to pay King Sen off by giving him all the gold and silver in the treasuries. However, King Sen was not satisfied very long, because the next verse shows us that he sent up a great host against King Hezekiah.
And the king of Assyria sent Tartan and Rabsaris and Rabshakeh from Lachish to king Hezekiah with a great host against Jerusalem. And they went up and came to Jerusalem.
We see Rabshakeh start trash-talking King Hezy and his God. Now this is where Rab went down hill.
And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah, Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? 20 Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words,) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me?.
Rab proceeds to trash His God and the ability of him to protect Judah...
29 Thus saith the king, Let not Hezekiah deceive you: for he shall not be able to deliver you out of his hand: 30 Neither let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord, saying, The Lord will surely deliver us, and this city shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria....(32)and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The Lord will deliver us
Then Rab boasts of how no other "god" has been able to deliver their country out of the hands of Assyria.
Hath any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? 34 Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand? 35 Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?
Unfortunately for Rab, he never met the God of the universe who had made him and can do whatever He wants to.
So, King Hezy finally woke up and went and talked to the ONLY person who could do anything about the situation....My Heavenly Daddy.
And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the Lord. 2 ....4 It may be the Lord thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the Lord thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left. 5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
Isaiah, the prophet at this time responded with some GREAT news...
6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith the Lord, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
And here is the end of that story...
35 And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.36 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.37 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Armenia. And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
Psalms 68 talks of God's greatness and goodness. Vs. 35 ends the chapter with "O, God, thou are terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is He that giveth strength and power unto His people. BLESSED BE GOD!!!"
Don't mess with my "Daddy". He will protect His children. My God is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO powerful but yet He is good and if those Assyrians had humbled themselves, He would have loved and protected them as well. - Rejoicing in the present AND MY HEAVENLY DADDY!!!