Our God is a merciful God who delights to listen to the humble and contrite in spirit. He is able to deliver us from all dangers if we are able to put our trust in Him. Imagine then King Hezekiah had to face such a challenge of survival. The Assyrians were very mighty and had defeated many nations. However The Lord is faithful and unlike the northern kingdom of Israel who forsook Him, He had mercy on the kingdom of David because the people still seek after Him.
The Bible described briefly what happened to the huge army. In just one night, 185000 soldiers died. Even with modern weapons, to achieve such figure is not even possible . The atomic bomb on a highly dense population during World War 2 could not achieve such high casualty figure. Moreover, those that died by The Lord were the enemies; there were no collateral damage (non combatants). Modern Intelligent and guided weapons can never target with such precision and potency.
We have a very powerful ally in our lives, although our enemies or troubles in life may not be from war, our God nonetheless looks after us. However, there is a condition. The condition is the covenant we have with our God. The northern kingdom broke this covenant and in so doing they were kicked out of God’s protection umbrella. Thus no angels defended them when the same enemy besieged them.
For us who attend church regularly and even for us who read this blog, are we still under God’s protective umbrella? The Bible also says that God is a consuming fire. He is able to consume our enemies but at the same time He is able to consume us if we disobey Him and trample on this sacred covenant. Many Christians especially from other churches think only that our God is a God of love only. They are not able to see and believe that this God is a holy and righteous God who will exact His punishment on the enemies and even on the elect. Therefore these Christians have put the name of God to shame by their evil and unrighteousness deeds.
“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now “If the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear?” (1 Pet 4:17)
As a conclusion, let us be reminded about the nature of our awesome God. He is loving and merciful. He protects us in times of dire distress. However, this protection could be reversed to punishment if we are not careful in our ways and have not sought Him in repentance. Let us not only love Him but also to fear Him as His power is way greater than an atomic bomb.