â€œAnd Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said, O LORD God of Israel, which dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.â€ Â Â Â (2 Kings 19:15)
Good King Hezekiah was in what seemed a hopeless situation. The mighty armies of the Assyrian empire had been sweeping through the surrounding countries in an orgy of destruction and plunder, and now were at the gates of Jerusalem, demanding its surrender. Grossly outnumbered, the choice seemed either to capitulate or die!
But there was one other choiceâ€”Hezekiah could pray! The blasphemous Rabshakeh gloated that none of the gods of the other nations had been able to save them from the Assyrians . . . but that was beside the point. These other gods were mere personifications of natural processes, possibly energized by evil spirits, but all of these had been created in the first place by Hezekiahâ€™s God. â€œFor all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavensâ€ (Psalm 96:5). And that was true of Assyriaâ€™s gods as well. All ancient pagan religions were evolutionary religions, rejecting the concept of true creation and a true Creator God.
Hezekiah knew the true God who had made heaven and Earth, and he could pray in reliance on His word. God could dispatch and empower just one of His mighty angels in answer to Hezekiahâ€™s believing prayer, and thus destroy the great Assyrian host in a single night! â€œAnd it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: . . . So Sennacherib king of Assyria, departedâ€ (2 Kings 19:35-36).
This Godâ€”maker of heaven and Earthâ€”is still on His throne and can still hear and answer the prayers of those who call on His name. HMM