“Do not listen to Hezekiah, for he is misleading you when he says, ‘The LORD will deliver us.’ Has the god of any nation ever delivered his land from the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena and Ivvah? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? Who of all the gods of these countries has been able to save his land from me? How then can the LORD deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”
When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes and put on sackcloth and went into the temple of the LORD. He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary and the leading priests, all wearing sackcloth, to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz.
Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master, ‘This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard—those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Listen! I am going to put such a spirit in him that when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.’”
That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men 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 Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer cut him down with the sword, and they escaped to the land of Ararat. And Esarhaddon his son succeeded him as king. (2 Kings 18:32–35, 19:1-2, 6-7, and 35-37, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Just as it was in the days of Hezekiah, God remains sovereign over the kings and kingdoms. Bold and daring plans of the aggressors must pass through His hands. He will decide whether they will succeed or fail, according to His purposes and will. Events never escalate to the point where He cannot say “enough” or “this shall not be.” How then can the LORD deliver [nations] from the hand [of the invader]?” Any way and at any time He chooses.
My Advice – Do not be afraid of what you hear on the news or read in the papers and internet. The aggressors may not always break camp and withdraw, but they will never be able to advance further than what God permits in order to advance His plan for the ages. And if He does permit, that does not mean you have been forgotten by Him.