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241. There IS an Answer

Posted by John Smith on July 10, 2015

Isaiah 37:6 NKJV And Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me.

A general from the king of Assyria has shown up and begun intimidating and threatening King Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem. Assyria was a mighty force of the day and laying siege to kingdom after kingdom throughout the land. His speech was not only intimidating but it was quite articulate and given so that all the people of Jerusalem could hear.

King Hezekiah did a good job in the presence of his people to not show any emotion or give the appearance that he was concerned. However, when he got behind closed doors he began to freak out. He was afraid. Hezekiah knew that in their own strength they were nothing against the armies of Assyria, so he sent a messenger to make inquiry of Isaiah to ask if God heard the threats that were made against God’s people and how the general had mocked God. Hezekiah wanted to find out if God was going to do anything about it.

God’s response to Hezekiah through the prophet Isaiah was, “Do not be afraid of the words which you have heard…” Words have the power to inspire faith or inspire fear. They also have the power to release faith or to release fear. In this situation the Assyrian generals words inspired fear in the Hezekiah and his people, however none of them spoke their fear, at least not publically where it could spread. You have to be carefully what you listen to. There are a lot of people out there speaking words that are inspiring fear. Don’t listen to them.

With God on your side you never have to fear any negative report. Certainly don’t listen to words that belittle and mock God or His promises to you. When the general began to threaten the people of Jerusalem, he said don’t listen to your king if he tries to tell you to fight us because you all know you’re way too weak for us. He went on to tell them not to believe Hezekiah if he tried to convince them that God would somehow protect them, because they had defeated many peoples whose gods had promised to deliver them but were no match of their army or the Assyrian gods. In essence he told them, “Look, you all are going to be defeated and there is nothing you can do about it. Don’t get any foolish ideas you can lick us and there’s not point to pray about it because there is nothing that your God can do to help you. So don’t even pray about it, that way you won’t get zealous and try something stupid.”

Have you ever need in a situation and told someone you were going to pray and they respond something to the effect of, “Like that’ll help.” If you listen to that junk fear will take hold of you in no time. God cares for you and is with you to deliver you and bring you through every circumstance and trial. When people begin to doubt and profess that God can’t help you, that’s a good time to begin to rejoice. Not only do they believe your situation is hopeless for you, but they don’t think God is big enough to do anything to help. They are WRONG!

Don’t give in to the fear and pressure of the situation. Seek the Lord. Look to His counsel in the Word. Listen to the counsel of His Spirit. He may give you specific advice or He may say something similar that He did to Hezekiah through Isaiah and tell you that you don’t have to do anything but wait and He’ll take care of the whole situation and show everyone just how AMAZING He is. Either way there is an answer and God is your deliverer. Fear Not!

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5 Responses to “241. There IS an Answer”

  1. Leah said

    “Words have the power to inspire faith or inspire fear. They also have the power to release faith or to release fear. ” -I LOVE THIS! This such a beautiful reminder not only to be mindful of what(or who) we’re listening to, but also what we are saying and how it affects the hearers(including ourselves). Great job! 👍

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  2. Leah said

    Reblogged this on runningtowardsHim and commented:
    This is such a beautiful reminder to not only be mindful of what ( or whom ) we are listening to, but also the impact our words have on our hearers(including ourselves).

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  3. Leah said

    Rebloged on my site and added the following comment: This is such a beautiful reminder to not only be mindful of what ( or whom ) we are listening to, but also the impact our words have on our hearers(including ourselves).

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  4. Leah said

    Sorry for the ridiculous amount of comments! I had spotty internet service and it was showing as if my comments didn’t go through. 🙈

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