2 Kings 19:10
“Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the king of Assyria.”
One of the biggest battles Hezekiah faced in his reign was the threat by the king of Assyria. The Assyrian king came to invade the land, but through divine intervention he retreated to his country to fight another battle; however, his retreat didn’t stop him from threatening to come back and invade the land. When Hezekiah heard these threats, he understood that unless God intervened, the king of Assyria would come back. Hezekiah did the right thing by taking these threats to God, and he saw another divine intervention that kept them from coming to fruition.
How should you deal with threats when they come your way? This may seem unlikely to you because you don’t hold a position of leadership, and neither do you run a country; however, people like you do deal with threats. Threats come in the form of a notification that you could lose your job. They come in the form of people threatening to turn on you. They come in the form of losing your finances. When you stop and think about it, we deal with threats on a regular basis. Hezekiah’s actions show what to do when threats come your way.
First, don’t worry when you hear the threats. Always remember that a threat, at the moment, is empty words. I’m not saying that it’s not a valid threat, I am saying that it has not happened; thus, it is simply empty words. You cannot live in the “what if’s.” When you start worrying about what might happen, your mind will start assuming all these terrible things that have not happened and probably won’t happen. You cannot let the threats cause you to move into the world of worry and what if’s.
Second, don’t stop doing what you are doing. Hezekiah still had to run his country, and you still have to live life. One purpose of threats is to get you to stop doing what the LORD has you doing. You must keep going. Get up every day and do what you have always done. Don’t stop your daily routine just because you have been threatened. Keep serving the LORD, and keep doing what you have always done.
Third, don’t change who you are. One of the purposes of the king of Assyria’s threats was to get Hezekiah to yield who he was and submit to him. Don’t let the threats change your position on the Scriptures. You must keep standing for truth and never change what has been right throughout the years. Just because threats have come doesn’t change what you found to be right in the Scriptures. You will never stop changing and hearing threats if the Devil knows you will change whenever they come.
Fourth, pray for the LORD’s help. Hezekiah’s response was the right response when he prayed to the LORD. My friend, the only One Who can deal with your situation is the LORD. Take your worries to the LORD and leave them with Him. He knows how to deal with your situation properly, and He will help you if you will only go to Him with your situation. Whatever threats you may face in life, God is big enough to handle them. Don’t carry them by yourself because they will destroy you. If you take your threats and worries to the LORD, you will find that He will lift your burden and you can live the victorious life in the midst of them.