Isaiah 34, 35, 36
Focus Verse: Do not let Hezekiah make you trust in the Lord by saying, “The Lord will surely deliver us. This city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.” – Isaiah 36:15
In his derision of Hezekiah’s faith, the Assyrian Rabshakeh depicts God as being against those who place their trust in Him; as someone who is unable to deliver in times of distress.
Instead of placing their trust in God, the Rabshakeh urges the people of Judah to trust in him, to make their peace with him, and to follow him. The Rabshakeh tells the people that living in captivity in his land will be better than living in freedom in God’s land.
Such is the sort of language that Satan would have us believe today.
He derides our faith. In moments of distress, trouble, and uncertainty, He depicts God as being against us and powerless to deliver us.
Satan taunts: Why trust in God when your friend is dying of cancer? Is He healing her? Why trust in God when you’re struggling financially? Is He helping you? Why trust in God when your parents are divorcing? Is He keeping them together?
Instead of trusting Him, trust me, Satan urges. Make peace with me, not God. Follow me, not Christ.
He will make it seem that living in bondage in his kingdom of darkness is better than living in freedom in God’s kingdom of marvelous light.
But that is not the case. When Satan speaks his lies, what, then, shall we say in response?
If God is for us, who can be against us?