God’s victories seldom stop with us. Though we are trained daily to believe the world revolves around us – just try thinking about the fact that the guy passing in a car right now has an entire life as large as yours that you know nothing about – it doesn’t. It revolves around God.
For Hezekiah, God’s victory over Sennacharib isn’t just a victory for Israel, or a defeat of Israel’s enemy. When Sennacharib’s stooges are bragging, they bragged about the fact that Assyria has destroyed every nation it’s faced. It has destroyed the gods of Gozan, Harran, Rezeph and the people of Eden who were in Tel Assar, Hamath, Arpad, Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah. Yet the Empire of Assyria cannot face Yahweh, the God of Israel, the God of the Church today. So God’s victory doesn’t just humiliate Assyria, but all of these other nations as well.
And the means of God’s deliverance is not only familiar but common. Again and again, God’s people win battles without even fighting. From Jericho, their first battle as the new Nation of Israel, to this one, God wins the battles for them.
When God gives us victories, can we see beyond the immediate victory and see what God is teaching us on a grander scale? And are you able yet to trust God to win your battles for you? That’s a tough thing to do because it requires trust in God, which is just another word for faith.
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