Wednesday: Psalm 69; Isaiah 37.21-38; Matthew 10.24-42

From: Kelly Madden

“On what do you rest this trust of yours?" the attacking Assyrians had asked Hezekiah back in Isaiah 36.4. 

They had even offered to make the contest more competitive by spotting Jerusalem 2,000 horses, sneering, "... if you are able on your part to set riders on them." They had mocked God. 

In our reading today, the Lord responds "for my own sake and the sake of my servant David," declaring that the Assyrian king "shall not come into this city."

The long narrative comes to an end, and rather abruptly: God kills 185,000 Assyrian troops. Sennacherib returns home and is assassinated by his own sons as he is worshipping his pagan god. 

What is the object of our faith? It's not faith itself. It's faith in God and his word. And however small our faith, the Lord always shows himself worthy. 

I lived in Africa for 13 years and count myself blessed to have witnessed many times how contests between God and his spiritual challengers turn out.