"Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD."

II Kings 19:1, NIV 


Have you ever had a problem that was just too big for you to handle? King Hezekiah and the nation of Judah found themselves in just such a predicament when the commander of the Assyrian army sent him a letter telling of Judah's impending doom. 


In that letter, the Assyrian leader let Hezekiah know that Assyria was going to wipe out Jerusalem and there was nothing they nor God could do about it. Since Assyria was the most powerful force in the world at that time and had already wiped out nation after nation - including the ten tribes of Israel - their threat of attack had to be taken seriously.


Hezekiah knew that Jerusalem was no match for the Assyrian army. He also had the wisdom to realize that God was the only one who could rescue them.  So Hezekiah did something that should interest every servant of God who has ever faced a seemingly impossible problem: He brought it to God! In fact, Hezekiah brought that letter to the temple and spread it out before the LORD. And He prayed for God to intervene.


And God did! God's response to King Hezekiah's prayer was sent via the prophet Isaiah. The message was that the Assyrians had insulted and blasphemed the LORD, the Holy One of Israel. He revealed that Jerusalem would not be overthrown by this nation that, though mighty in physical terms, was nothing but an upstart in the eyes of God.


Imagine having such an ally as the LORD for the problems that you and I encounter from day to day. There are times in our lives that the problems of this world really and truly are too much for us to handle on our own. It is at that very moment - the moment that you can do nothing else - that you have the greatest advantage. For at such moments you have the help - should you seek it - of the Creator of the Universe!


And there is no problem too big for God to handle.


But if you want His help you will have to humble yourself before His mighty throne and seek that help on His terms. Just look at what happened when King Hezekiah and the nation of Judah did just that:


"That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death 185,000 men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning - there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew."

II Kings 19:35-36, NIV


Today is the 21st day of the 30 day challenge to read the books of the champions and the kings, with the reading for today being II Kings 19-25. You can see all of the 30 day challenges by visiting our website at 30dayBiblechallenge.com . May God richly bless you as you seek His will and His help through His word!