Sennacherib had mustered his army around Jerusalem and sent a letter warning Hezekiah to surrender. Once again a giant stood outside the camp of God’s people and boasted about his strength and abilities and past conquests and dared Israel to respond. The helpless little city of David, now faced the Goliath of the Assyrian army lead by a boastful general who taunted them. Just as it was before, from every human perspective, Israel was doomed.

But once again, the blasphemy was not only heard by Hezekiah and his people, but God was also listening.  Hezekiah reacted like David had. it wasn’t his own strength, his military regiments, or his strategic planning that would save him now. It was completely in God’s hands. Hezekiah tore his clothes. He wept. He went to Isaiah, God’s prophet, for help. He came to that painful place where he must admit that his is not sufficient to deal with life’s challenges by himself. That’s exactly where God wanted him.

God sometimes brings David & Goliath situations into our lives also. Maybe he wants to know where we’ll turn for help. Sometimes he sends a “great fish” in many different disguises to swallow us and wants to hear us cry out from the belly of the whale for help. The question comes down to “What do you do when you can’t do anything?”

Psalm 46, verse 10, gives us God’s desired action on our part: “Be still and know that I am God.”  Hudson Taylor was so feeble in the closing months of his life that he said to a dear friend, ‘”I’m so weak that I can’t work or read my Bible, and I can hardly pray. I can only lie still in God’s arms like a little child and trust.?”

Don’t you think that’s where God wants us?

“Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loves us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.” 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17