The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. I will defend this city and save it, for my sake and for the sake of David my servant (2 Kings 19:31b & 34).
There are so many scriptures that give me much comfort. One of them is what is quoted above: “The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” I have received God’s words concerning my life, yet most of those words seemed incompatible with my present situation.
So, I have found myself asking, “But Lord how can this be?” When things seem so much out of reach and there are no signs of rain, yet a promise of abundance, the thought that easily comes to us is, “How can this be?”
Well, I guess I am not the only one who has asked such a question or the first to do so. Many before me have asked similar a question, and others have even doubted to their own destruction. That is why when I am in doubt I cry to God, “Lord that I may not doubt, please help me to believe. Even though the signs point to a different direction, Lord help me believe.” I urge you to pray along with me if you are in doubt about any situation in your life.
The good news is that faith really pays off. When angel Gabriel gave Mary the promise of a son, she also asked, “But how can this be?” However, she was a woman of faith and added, “Let it be as the Lord wills”. When God gave a promise of abundance to the children of Israel in a time of scarcity and need, one closer to the king doubted to his destruction.
For a period, Hezekiah had been tormented by the Syrian King. He captured fortified cities in Judah and exacted wealth from the kingdom of Judah. The Assyrian King captured Samaria and deported Israel to Syria. Hezekiah and the people of Judah were practically living in fear.
So Hezekiah gave him all the silver that was found in the temple of the Lord and in the treasuries of the royal palace. At this time Hezekiah king of Judah stripped off the gold with which he had covered the doors and doorposts of the temple of the Lord, and gave it to the king of Assyria (2 Kings 18: 15-16).
In spite of all the wealth Hezekiah gave to the king of Assyria, he still pestered the people of Judah, he marched to Jerusalem and sent distress messages to Hezekiah and the people of Judah. He despised the God of Judah whom Hezekiah trusted.
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? (2 Kings 18:22a-33)
When King Hezekiah received threats by Sennacherib, he was terrified. He ran to the temple and prayed to God. God’s words to him were that of comfort and assurance of victory and protection. “But how can this be?” “The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this,” was the response.
It is true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste these nations and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God” (2 Kings 29:18-19).
That night an angel of the Lord entered the Assyrian camp and slaughtered thousands of the soldiers. Hallelujah! Sennacherib had no choice but to withdraw in shame and defeat. That was how deliverance came to the children of Judah. God took the battle in his own hands and fought without any effort of the people of Judah.
May God fight your battles for you as you choose to trust in him and call on him in times of danger. And may his zeal accomplish everything he has said concerning your life. Our God is able!