The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?
The first assault that King Sennacherib of Assyria used against the people of God began with the question, “On what are you basing this confidence of yours?” (Isaiah 36:4) This is the same question posed to us today as believers, and it would be wise for us to evaluate exactly in what or in whom we place our confidence. The field commander serving as spokesperson for King Sennacherib pointed out that the people of Jerusalem were depending on Egypt, a splintered reed. (Isaiah 36:6) Egypt was known for her resources, particularly her massive army and chariots of horses. If the people of Jerusalem had put their confidence in Egypt, they would have failed. But through the strong godly leadership of their king, Hezekiah, they chose to believe that God would deliver them. It is an easy trap for us to fall into when we look at our meager or seemingly weak resources to defend ourselves against the assaults of the enemy. But we must remember, like Hezekiah, that He will surely come and save us!
The question still remains today: “on what are you basing this confidence of yours?” If we are fearful, tired, stressed or frustrated, it is easy to see that we have placed our confidence in ourselves. Whatever you are facing today, place your confidence in the Lord and remember to go in the strength you have. Where God sends you, HE gives you the resources you need to complete the job. If you are finding yourself in a losing battle, take a moment to evaluate in what or in whom you have placed your confidence.
If it is in God, and He has sent you to battle, He will never fail you.
I repent of my self-confidence. I have trusted in my own abilities and resources and forgotten that all of these things are gifts from You. I surrender my situation to You and I surrender my life, gifts, and talents on the altar of God. You alone are my source of strength.
In Jesus’ name, Amen