Summary: An look at how to respond when things aren’t going the way you think they should.
WHEN THINGS DON’T HAPPEN LIKE YOU EXPECT
Verse 1 says, Sennacherib, king of Assyria came and entered Judah. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want anyone invading my country. I wouldn’t want people coming in and stomping all over the place, destroying my cities and killing my people. This was not a good time for Judah.
Verse 1 says, “After these things” Sennacherib invaded. What were these things? Well, the things spoken of here start back in chapter 29. There we read that Hezekiah became king in Judah. He was 25 years old when he became king. Chapter 29 and verse 2 tells us that Hezekiah did what was right in the Lord’s sight.
Verse 3 of chapter 29 tells us that he opened the doors of the Lord’s temple and repaired them. In the following chapters we read that he had the priests purify themselves again. They had the temple cleansed. He started the worship of the Lord again. For the first time in many years, Hezekiah and the people celebrated the “Passover” again. Hezekiah had the idols and alters in Judah destroyed. In other words, when the people got right with God; when a godly king got on the throne; when revival came to Judah; then, Sennacherib invaded.
We are accustomed to thinking that when bad things come our way, it must be because we are doing something wrong, or we are out of God’s will, or we are being punished. God sometimes works that way, but sometimes the difficulties come and the hard times come, simply because we are doing what God has called us to do in the first place and the Devil is giving us grief.
My friends, The Devil doesn’t like it when God’s people start acting like God’s people. He doesn’t like it when they begin to get right with God. He doesn’t like it when they begin to act in faith. It is usually when a plane is over the target that it starts running into flak. If you’re not running into flak, you’re probably not where you’re supposed to be or you may not be doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
Let me ask you, who was it that was stoned in the New Testament? It was the vocal witnesses for Jesus Christ. Who were the ones imprisoned? In the Old Testament, do you remember Shaddrack, Meshack & Abednigo? You remember Daniel? How about Jeremiah, the weeping prophet? Do you remember the opposition Moses encountered, or Noah? Or how about Joseph? Just because hard times come doesn’t mean you are out of God’s will. It could mean you are doing exactly what God has called you to do.
How do God’s people respond when these attacks, when these invasions, when these setbacks and discouragements come?
I. GOD’S PEOPLE RESPOND
1. With Humility
Hezekiah consulted with his officials and warriors. He approached the leaders. He sought council. He said, “I’m the king. I know it’s my responsibility to lead this nation. Ultimately the buck stops here, but, give me your council.”