Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Listen! When he hears a certain report, I will make him want to return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.’ ” —II Kings 19:6-7

That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there. One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king. —II Kings 19:35-37

            War can instill fear in the most hardy of soldiers.  When Jerusalem was threatened by Assyria messengers were sent to Isaiah for counsel.  The response from the Lord that Isaiah gives truly shows who is ultimately in control.  This Assyrian army may have thought they were the most mighty, but they were wrong.  When people cross the line that only our Lord knows, then their doom comes upon them.  This is what Isaiah foretold as our Lord directed him to speak.

            Sure enough, just as our Lord said, He was the One who destroyed the Assyrian army… in one night!  185,000 were dead by morning.  None can stand against the counsel of our Lord.  He determines when nations exist and where they will exist (Acts 17:26).  “It is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another” (Psalm 75:7).  This can be true of individuals or nations.  Our Lord is sovereign over all.

            So as we look around at all the evil that is happening in our world, let us not lose heart.  Instead, let us be in constant communication with our Lord and ask for discernment in our times.  All the while may we be faithfully about what He has called us to be and do.  Regardless of what is happening in our world at any given time our “marching orders” have not changed.  So let us be about our Lord God Almighty’s business.

Yes my Father, may I be faithfully serving You no matter what is happening in this world.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq8pZtWKV44

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