“Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God.” (1 John 4:1)
When King Sennacherib’s armies had Judah’s King Hezekiah trapped inside Jerusalem’s walls, the Assyrians thought victory was theirs. Reality proved different. Although the Assyrian field commander used smooth words and pretended to speak for God, the Lord had His hand on His people.
“Have I come to attack and destroy this place without word from the Lord?” the commander asked. As he tried to entice Jerusalem to surrender, he even said, “Choose life and not death!”
The sounds like something God would say. But the prophet Isaiah told the Israelites the true words of the Lord. “Sennacherib will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here,” God said. “I will defend this city and save it”. That very night “the angel of the Lord” destroyed the Assyrians.
From time to time, we’ll encounter smooth-talking people who “advise” us while denying God’s power. That isn’t God’s voice. he speaks to us through His Word. He guides us with His Spirit. His hand is on those who follow Him, and He will never abandon us.
- Have you ever been misled by someone you thought you could trust?
- How can you better learn to listen for God’s voice?
Dear Lord, please teach us to discern Your voice.
2 Kings 19:29-37
“This will be the sign for you, Hezekiah: This year you will eat what grows by itself, and the second year what springs from that. But in the third year sow and reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.”
“The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. Therefore this is what the Lord says concerning the king of Assyria: ‘He will not enter this city or shoot an arrow here. He will not come before it with shield or build a siege ramp against it. By the way that he came he will return; he will not enter this city, declares the Lord. I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant.'”
That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning-there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.
One day, while he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisrok, his sons Adrammelek and Sharezer killed him with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king.