We thought yesterday about the voice of the enemy, its features, from the way Rabshakeh spoke to Hezekiah in 2 Kings 18:19-35.
We said when we hear the enemy’s voice the first thing to do is what the people did who heard Rabshakeh, hold our peace and not answer a word. (2 Kings 18:36). Not answer a word in our own wisdom or according to our own knowledge.
But what should we do beyond that ?
Hezekiah demonstrated what to do. He consulted Isaiah, God’s prophet, God’s mouth piece. He brought him into the situation. (2 Kings 19:2).
God’s mouthpiece today is His Word. It’s our greatest weapon against the enemy. Jesus clearly demonstrated this when tempted by the devil in the wilderness. He countered, responded to every one of Satan’s attacks with the Word of God.
From Isaiah’s words in 2 Kings 19, we can draw three important truths God’s Word reminds us of when the enemy attacks.
- Do not be afraid ( verse 6). One of Satan’s greatest and most consistent tactics is to try to strike fear in our hearts.
- In verse 21 God says through Isaiah that the virgin daughter of Zion and daughter of Jerusalem, in other words the people of Jerusalem, have laughed at Sennacherib’s threats, and have shaken their head behind his back, in other words have scorned and ridiculed him. In short the message was that the shoe was on the other foot now. Where Sennacherib ridiculed Jerusalem, Jerusalem now ridiculed him. When the enemy attacks us and makes us feel the weaker, defeated party, the word of God reminds us of the truth, that the shoe is on the other foot now. He is the weak, defeated party. We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).
- God will take care of the enemy for us. He will put a hook in his nose and turn Him back. (verse 28). When the enemy attacks us, there maybe a period when the enemy’s attack is fierce and feels very strong. By God’s grace and power we must resist the devil ( James 4:7). God won’t allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able ( 1 Corinthians 10:13). At just the right time, so that we benefit from the experience but are not destroyed by it, God will turn the enemy back.
The greatest weapon God has given us against the enemy’s attack is His Word.