Handling Life’s Challenges

Jul 7, 2017 | Uncategorized

By Dr. Harold Sala

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?  Hebrews 1:14

“After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done,” wrote the writer of Chronicles, “Sennacherib king of Assyria came and invaded Judah” (2 Chronicles 32:1).  Whoa! For a moment look at life from the perspective of a man who had done everything right. He lived right, he supported the right causes, he was faithful to his family and just in his dealings, and sought to glorify God, who had raised him up and put him on the throne.

Who was this sinister foe, Sennacherib, who so threatened to destroy peace and tranquility?  History tells us that Sennacherib, the king of ancient Assyria, was a scoundrel, a violent despot, a liar, blasphemer, and extremely cruel individual. The Assyrians began the practice of crucifixion—making execution a public spectacle. History tells us that to destroy the morale of an enemy they would crucify hundreds of their subjects—a lesson in what was to follow unless they relented.

“After all that Hezekiah had so faithfully done,” says the record, the enemy came to destroy him.  Listen carefully, because there is a lesson for living today.  If Hezekiah had a “pity party” if he thought for a moment what we probably would have thought, like, “God, why did you let this happen to me? Haven’t you noticed all the great things I’ve done for you?” there is no record of it.

The reality is that we live in a broken world.  When the economy falls, God’s people along with those who blaspheme His name are all affected. When a tsunami or typhoon comes, those who have perfect attendance in their church are not spared the blast of the storm. Funny, isn’t it, how we tend to think that because like Hezekiah we have done a lot of faithful things, we should be exempt from the pain of an injured knee or even a broken heart?

So how did Hezekiah handle the challenge? He wasn’t paralyzed with fear. Rather he immediately took steps to confront the challenge. He called a council of war. He rebuilt the walls of the city. He prepared for war. At the same time, His eyes were not on the Assyrian battle line but on the doors of heaven. “Be strong and courageous,” he instructed. “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles” (2 Chronicles 32:7, 8).

Of course, the enemy fought back. He attempted psychological warfare. But the assault did not work. Why? Was Hezekiah stronger?  No, but God was, and you have to have a very strong arm to win fighting God!  No wonder when the German bombs of World War 2 were falling on London, King George said, “I would rather walk in the dark with God than in the light with men!”

God dispatched one angel—just one!  Hey, heaven is full of them–mighty spiritual warriors sent to protect God’s children says Hebrews 1:14. One angel in a matter of hours destroyed his whole army.

“So the Lord saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem,” wrote the scribe, adding, “He took care of them on every side.”  What more could anyone ask?

Life is not always a “happily ever after” scenario, but there is one thing for certain: it is better to lose in a cause that will ultimately win than to win in a cause that will ultimately fail.  As Daniel told his foes: “whether or not God rescues us, we will serve Him.” That’s the commitment that will see you through your battle.

Resource reading: 2 Chronicles 32

Speaker, author and Bible teacher, Dr. Harold Sala founded Guidelines in 1963. Pioneering the five-minute commentary in Christian radio, Dr. Sala’s daily “Guidelines-A Five Minute Commentary on Living” is broadcast in 49 of the 50 states and is heard the world over in a variety of languages.

Sala, who holds a Ph.D. in biblical text, has authored over 60 books published in19 languages. He speaks and teaches frequently at conferences, seminars, and churches worldwide. Residing in Mission Viejo, California, Harold and his wife, Darlene, have three adult children and eight well-loved grandchildren.

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