2 Kings 16-18; Acts 13

2 Kings 18:30-33 And do not let Hezekiah induce you to trust in the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD will surely rescue us, and this city will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.’ Do not listen to Hezekiah, for thus says the king of Assyria: Make peace with me, and surrender to me! Eat, each of you, from your vine, each from your own fig tree. Drink water, each from your own well, until I arrive and take you to a land like your own, a land of grain and wine, a land of bread and vineyards, a land of rich olives and honey. Live, and do not die! And do not listen to Hezekiah when he would incite you by saying, ‘The LORD will rescue us.’ Has any of the gods of the nations ever rescued his land from the power of the king of Assyria?

This passage struck me as analogous to the decisions Christians have to make ever in minor and major ways every day, to trust God or to put their faith in what the world offers instead.  Of course this is a major decision for the Judahites.  Assyria was the supreme military power in the world at its peak, and infamous for its cruelty to peoples that resisted but were ultimately conquered.  This was an extreme test of the trust of Hezekiah and his people, who under his leadership had been faithful to the Lord.  Pray always for the strength to endure every trial by trusting in God.

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