The king of Assyria had taken many cities in the region, even many of the Jews cities, and now he had come up against Jerusalem itself. The people were beaten, broken, battered, and bruised and many had begun to loose faith. Yet King Hezekiah encouraged the people to trust in the Lord their God. So the king of Assyria sent a messenger to speak before the Israelites and against the council of faithful King Hezekiah. This messenger of Satan exhorted the people to trust in the prosperity promised by the King of Assyria, the temptations and devices promised by the Pharaoh of Egypt, and even in the assurity of the works of their own hands, anything but God. You see the King of Assyria knew that the people didn’t have to choose to serve him to be overtaken and put into bondage by him. If they would but choose to put their trust in any of these things they would take it off of God (their only true hope and salvation) and he would overtake them. O but faithful King Hezekiah order the people to ignore this Messenger of Satan and answer him not a word. Don’t fight, don’t fuss, don’t worry. Don’t even reply at all, just pray. Don’t do a thing or say a word, but trust in the deliverance of the Lord.
“And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. It may be the Lord thy God will hear all the words of Rab–shakeh, 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.” – 2 Kings 19:3-4
You see, Hezekiah had faith in God’s faithfulness to honor His word that a remnant of the house of Israel would always stand. He believed that God would not refuse the prayer of a humble, broken, and contrite heart. That the effectual fervent prayers of a righteous man availeth much. That God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. That His character never changes but that everything He touches does. So Hezekiah cried out for God Himself to intervene in this situation for the people believed they were at the point of victory by faith but had no strength left to fight and were few in numbers being only a faithful remnant of the former congregation of Israel.
Here in lies the power of this story. They were few, they were weary, they were weak, but they were faithful. They stood firm and refused to put their faith in Egypt or the things of it and be brought into bondage by it, they refused to put their faith in the works of their own hands and try to make their destinies come forth of their own works and actions, and they refused to put their trust in the lies of the King of Assyria and be overtaken, overthrown, and overcome by him. They simply stood in the face of impossible odds, and believed with impossible faith, in an impossible God, to do impossible things…. And He did.
“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.” – 2 Kings 19:35
Impossible outcomes require impossible faith in the mist of impossible situations. When it seems like all is lost, and the enemy stands boasting against the abilities of your Great and Faithful God and it looks like you are facing sure defeat, stand, trust, believe, and see the salvation of the Lord. The weaker we are the more His power shines through in doing that which there is no way that we could have done on our own. The more warn out, broken, beat down, and defeated you feel, the closer you are to seeing the Glory of God dispatched on your behalf. So no matter what it looks like, trust in the Lord.