Isaiah 37:14-20 (ESV):
14 Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed to the Lord: 16 “O Lord of hosts, God of Israel, enthroned above the cherubim, you are the God, you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; you have made heaven and earth. 17 Incline your ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to mock the living God. 18 Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations and their lands, 19 and have cast their gods into the fire. For they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. Therefore they were destroyed. 20 So now, O Lord our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.”
I’ve learned in studying the Bible that when something is repeated it is because of its importance. Isaiah 36-39 and 2 Kings 18:13-20 are identical. They tell of the story of King Hezekiah and his struggles with the Assyrian king Sennacherib. Sennacherib sent his men to taunt Hezekiah. Hezekiah’s response is a witness to how we should respond in a crisis. To me, this story can be likened to anything in this world that tempts us to either doubt God or turn to our own devices for deliverance. Sennacherib’s words made sense in light of the fact that Assyria had conquered all the surrounding nations. Defeat and impending doom was imminent. Yet, Hezekiah looked not to his surroundings, but looked instead to the character of God. And deliver God did. God spoke, and His word came true. We see every prophecy ring true throughout both the Bible and the history of the world. No one is faithful like our God.
These chapters encourage me when I’m going through difficulties. Regardless of the outcome of my circumstances, regardless of whether things turn out like I have prayed for, God is still in control and working things out for my good and His glory. I can trust and rest in who He is and in His character.