Sennacherib came to make war against Jerusalem. We get a fuller picture of this time through 2 Kings 19. Verse 14 says, “And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of his messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord.” I love this picture. I’ve done it many times in my life when I have received a bill I couldn’t pay, or a discouraging letter. Hezekiah laid it out before the Lord and prayed.
Verse 16 says, “Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and hear the word of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God.” This is a verse we can pray regarding the events in our nation. Here is how the Lord handled the threat. Verse 35 says, “And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people rose early in the morning, there were the corpses–all dead.” One angel.
Right after this Hezekiah was sick and near death. The Lord sent word to put his house in order because he was going to died. He cried out to the Lord. The Lord healed him. Yet, 2 Chronicles 32:23 says, “But Hezekiah did not repay according to the favor shown him, for his heart was lifted up; therefore wrath was looming over him and over Judah and Jerusalem.”
Pride lifts up our heart. Notice what happened after the Lord extended Hezekiah’s life. Manasseh was born. He was 12 years old when he became king. He was the worst king of all the kings. He built altars for the Baals and wooden images and put them in the house of the Lord. He caused his sons to pass through fire. He embraced demonic practices. 2 Kings 21:16 says, “Moreover Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to the other…”
What a picture of our times. Let Hezekiah’s life be a lesson for us. We need to keep our hearts humble before the Lord, and consider the outcome of our prayers before we pray them. God’s timing and divine orchestration is impeccable. A humble heart is full of trust. We must resist every proud thought that rises to overthrow God’s purpose for our lives and the future of our nation.