trust fallThen the Assyrian king’s chief of staff told them to give this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the great king of Assyria says: What are you trusting in that makes you so confident? 2 Kings 18:19 NLT

The king of Assyria reminded King Hezekiah of Judah how he had defeated country after country. He told Hezekiah that each of these places had gods in which they trusted. All had fallen before him, the King of Assyria. Now, why does King Hezekiah believe that he is any different? What makes Hezekiah tell the people in the city that his God will deliver them? What makes King Hezekiah believe that he will escape this pending doom of attack by more than 200,000 soldiers?

When your back is against the wall, where do you look for help? What do you “trust in” for your deliverance? Have you taken the time to reflect upon your level of “trust” in God? Would others know that your dependency is upon God? The King of Assyria ridiculed Hezekiah for his simple trust in his God. Are there some steps in this story that help reveal how to develop trust?

Developing Trust

  • Align your life to God’s standards of living for one of His children
    • Long before this attack came, Hezekiah made reforms necessary to align his life and the nation with God’s ways for following Him
      • Hezekiah made changes according to God’s standards when he assumed the role of King at age 25, not waiting for changes when trouble came.
    • He tore down idols and other items of worship that were not according to the laws of God. His actions pointed to God as the center of his moral compass.
    • Are there some specific activities that you are doing right now that violate Gods’ standards? Just ask the Holy Spirit and He will pinpoint which activity and how you need to change it.
    • How would your the activities and flow of your life change, if you were to truly seek God first?
  • Develop a plan for turning to God for help
    • Hezekiah had the Assyrian army at the wall of Jerusalem twice. Both times he went straight to the temple and cried out to God for help. Both times the prophet Isaiah brought to him a word from God.
    • What actions do you have in place in order to draw strength from God, when trouble comes?
      • Do you start talking about the problem with other people, or do you voice your concerns to God in a prayer closet?
      • Do you have a close relationship with God that you believe He will be there in your time of need?
      • Are you well versed with the Bible so that you have some “go to” passages to encourage you in your time of need?
  • Listen for a word or promise from God that directs your steps
    • King Hezekiah heard from the prophet Isaiah what he needed to do in response to the attack.  In this situation God, Himself, diverted and defeated the enemy without King Hezekiah having to engage in the fight. Both words of Isaiah became true.
    • Don’t lean on your own understanding, but lean on God’s promises.
  • Make adjustments. If there are conditions that need to be met in order for the promise to be fulfilled…then meet the conditions.
    • 2 Chronicles 7:14 has a requirement of humbling and calling on the Lord, before healing of the land.
    • Matthew 6:33 anticipates a seeking God first, before He addresses the need of clothing, food and shelter.

A deeper, more intimate, level of trust can be acquired in your relationship with God. Do you have a life example in which you can pinpoint that exemplifies God’s faithfulness over your trust in Him? Remembering how God has helped you, creates a quiet strength to trust Him more.

Blessings Love y’all