TO BE SILENT!
“But the people held their peace and answered him not a word; for the king’s commandment was, “Do not answer him” (II Kings 18:36).
When Israel was ruled by King Ezekiel, the king of Assyria rose against Samaria and sieged it. Rabshakeh who was the commander of the Assyrian king wrote threatening letters. He raised his voice and reproached the king of Israel. “…..for he shall not be able to deliver you from his hand” (II Kings 18:29).
He spoke harshly “All the enemies who were opposing our God were delivered into our hands; your land has also been delivered.” But the Israelites kept silent and surrendered the battle in the hand of God. What did God do?
God sent an angel into the huge army of the Assyrians and he killed one hundred and eighty-five thousand army men. When people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses—all dead (II Kings 19:35).
Be assured of one thing. If you take things into your hands and speak about you, your judgment and justice, God will be silent. Moses the devotee said, “The Lord will fight for you and you shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:14). God says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The problems and struggles you face today are not yours. If you want God to fight for you deliver everything into His hands and remain silent.
See! Goliath rose against the Israelites. For forty days, he came both in the mornings and evenings and defied God of Israel, His army and the people. David remained silent on all those forty days and was informing everything to God.
The forty days came to an end. David did not allow Goliath to defy God and His people. In fact, the weapons of David were not all that big. They were nothing when compared to that of Goliath. But God used David and commanded a great Salvation to Israel with his weapons, a sling and a stone.
The stone from the sling of David hit Goliath on the forehead and he fell dead instantly. Yes, dear children of God, the battle is the Lord’s and the defeat is satan’s. You will inherit the victory of Christ. Thanks be to God, who gives you the victory.
To meditate: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place” (II Corinthians 2:14).