Listen to the voice of God, not those of others.

Scripture:
This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. – 2 Kings 19:6

Observation:
The king of Assyria had sent his envoys to the king of Judah to intimidate him and coerce him to turn the nation of Judah over them. King Hezekiah became nervous about the situation because he knew how they had destroyed other nations and taken the northern kingdom Israel into exile. The prophet Isaiah told him the message above, “Don’t be afraid.” He knew that God was on their side, so the king trusted in the word of God.

Application:
There are a zillion and one voices in the world trying to convince you to turn from God and give in to the ways of the world. The enemy wants nothing less than for us to rebel against God and give in to his ways. We have to heed the word of the Lord given to Hezekiah, “Do not be afraid,” as well as the word of God to Joshua, “Do not fear, so as I was with Moses, so shall I be with you.” The Lord prevented an Assyrian assault on Judah because one man was willing to listen to the voice of God and trust in his word. We need to learn this same lesson. If God will protect his chosen nation from attack because the king followed him in faith, will not God protect his people here in the USA who repent of their sins and turn back to him?

Prayer:
Father, thank you for this lesson today. So many times in your word you told people not to fear because you were with them. You are with us today, so why should we fear anything? I love the words of Paul, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” Help us not to fear the crazy changes going on in this world and to totally rely upon you for everything. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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