Today’s title is an easy fill in the blank for anyone from the United States, but we have probably all taken tests where the obvious answer wasn’t necessarily the right answer. Hezekiah was presented with this question by the king of Assyria. “What confidence is this wherein thou trustest?”
King Sennacharib and the Assyrian army were on a conquest to eradicate all opposition to Assyrian control. Even as other cities (like Samaria) had called on their gods, the Assyrians conquered and made a mockery of those gods and their weakness. A strong ally could be a huge advantage here. Egypt was traditionally one of the strongest militaries in that region, so they would make a logical choice, and the Assyrians knew that. “If you trust in Egypt, they will turn on you eventually. And if you tell me you trust in God, that’s a joke because you already removed him from your society.”
Now Hezekiah is in a predicament. He knows that Israel has rebelled against God, and he knows that Egypt is a real threat. What are his options? Fortunately, he made the right choice. Isaiah 37 shows his contrition, his dependence on God, and his prayer for deliverance. But he still is not out of the woods yet.
The Assyrians come back and say, “Hey, don’t let your God deceive you. Look at the gods of all the other cities that we’ve conquered. Their gods couldn’t do anything for them, and your God can’t do anything for you either!”
God responds swiftly and decisively. In Isaiah 37:21ff, God iterates how he will deliver His people from Assyria, not because of Hezekiah’s might or wisdom, but because of his dependance on God and because of Sennacharib’s blasphemy against Him. In verse 36, we see the power of God’s retribution against those who stand in opposition to Him and the physical salvation of those who trust in Him.
Today, you may fear what will come in the future of our country. “In God We Trust” has become a byline in modern America, but God is little to be found in our country’s daily operations. However, we may take great comfort and courage that God will deliver those who trust in Him and will avenge those who blaspheme His name. Things may look bleak, but we only need to look to John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Then we will understand Psalm 21. Then will we be able to echo, “The king shall joy in thy strength, O Lord; and in thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!”
Don’t let “In God We Trust” be a catchy slogan in your life. Make it the honest declaration of your heart!