“…Sennacherib king of Assyria came, and entered into Judah, and encamped against the fenced cities, and thought to win them for himself.” (II Chronicles 32:1)
Hezekiah was the son of the wicked king Ahaz; but Hezekiah chose rather to model his path after the honorable king David of his forefathers, “and he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.” (II Chronicles 29:2) The first thing Hezekiah did when he began his reign over Jerusalem was to restore the temple, place the Levites back in service, and call the people of the land to worship the true God, the Lord God of Israel.
While some of the people mocked, many came with great joy to worship and to break down the idols set up by previous generations. Hearts were turned to Heaven “and in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart and prospered.”
In the preparation of Vacation Bible Schools for the children, we too are almost certain, sooner or later, to encounter people who will mock or belittle our efforts. We must remember that there is a war going on—“not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) We cannot walk out onto the battlefield and expect not to fight—but we can walk out there and expect to win! With perseverance and much prayer, many will come with great joy, hearts will be renewed, some children will even be inspired to break down the idols that the previous generation has set up in their own lives.
As any Christian can testify, accepting God as Lord of our lives is not the end of the battle, however. Satan may know he is a conquered foe, but he refuses to go down without a fight. So after Hezekiah had God re-established in His rightful place as Lord of the nation, Sennacherib came.
Sennacherib, by all human reasoning, had every reason to boast and he had every reason to expect a victory. He was mighty in battle and with his army had overthrown the people of many lands. He was certain that Jerusalem was a sure win for Assyria.
But Hezekiah was not going to give up that easily…