Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | November 9, 2022

Creation: The Basis for Hope

(3 Minute Read. 9Nov2022)

King Hezekiah of Judah
Praying about Sennacherib’s letter

Are soaring prices and unstable incomes putting the squeeze on your family? Does crime in your community make you anxious?

Our world is fraught with trouble. For several years the China Plague has wrought devastation. Economies have been ruined, lives have been lost, jobs have disappeared, and families have disintegrated.

Wars and battles cause untold harm. Weather catastrophes hurt many. Climate change alarmists instill fear of the future in millions.

What can address these concerns and dangers? What can relieve the many other fears we all face?

Confidence in the Great Creator’s establishing work and sustaining hand is the antidote for fear. Such confidence provides positive hope for the future.

Hezekiah in Crisis

Around 700 BC, Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, invaded Judah and threatened Jerusalem with a siege.

Hezekiah was king of Judah in Jerusalem. He cited Yahweh’s work of creation when he appealed to Yahweh in prayer regarding Sennacherib’s menacing letter.
Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. Hezekiah prayed before the Lord and said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, who are enthroned above the cherubim, You are the God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Incline Your ear, O Lord, and hear; open Your eyes, O Lord, and see; and listen to the words of Sennacherib, which he has sent to reproach the living God. Truly, O Lord, the kings of Assyria have devastated the nations and their lands and have cast their gods into the fire, for they were not gods but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. Now, O Lord our God, I pray, deliver us from his hand that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.” (2 Kings 19:14-19)

In Hezekiah’s appeal for help, he addressed the Creator of the universe, the One who made heaven and earth and everything in them. Hezekiah appealed to the One who made Sennacherib, the One who daily sustained Sennacherib’s breath and life. To whom could Hezekiah appeal better than the Great Creator? And precisely because Yahweh is the Great Creator, He had the power and authority to save Hezekiah and Jerusalem.

The Great Creator answered Hezekiah:
Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, “He will not come to this city or shoot an arrow there; and he will not come before it with a shield or throw up a siege ramp against it. By the way that he came, by the same he will return, and he shall not come to this city,” declares the Lord. “For I will defend this city to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake.” Then it happened that night that the angel of the Lord went out and struck 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men rose early in the morning, behold, all of them were dead. So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and returned home, and lived at Nineveh. (2 Kings 19:32-36)

Hope for Today

Do you have worries and fears? Use knowledge and awe of the Great Creator to calm your anxieties and cultivate hope.

Look up at the mysterious and magnificent night sky with its vast array of stars created and maintained by our glorious Creator. The One who created such an enormous amount of stellar energy can handle any difficulty.
The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
(Psalm 19:1)

We can all relax in the Great Creator’s care because He made us and thoroughly knows us.
O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways. . . .
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.
(Psalm 139:1-3, 11-15)

Ultimately the Lord Jesus Christ Himself is the focus and pinnacle of all creation and all of its functions. That is our ultimate assurance, hope, and peace of mind. That is our ultimate fulfillment of heart and mind.

As Julian of Norwich (1343 – after 1416) put it, “All will be well, and all manner of things will be well.” These words of hope are especially compelling in light of Julian’s own experience of very trying times, living through the Black Death of 1348–1350, near-death illness in 1373, the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, and the persecution of the Lollards (Wycliffe followers) in the 14th and 15th centuries. In the faithful hands of the Great Creator, our mighty Sustainer, all will be most well.

Questions to Ponder

1. What characteristic of the Great Creator brings hope for what scares you most right now?
2. Which verse of Psalm 139 will you put in your calendar for a daily encouragement?
3. Which verse of Psalm 139 will you memorize to fix your hope on the care of the Great Creator?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom.
Alere Flammam Veritatis.
Soli Deo Gloria.

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday November 9, 2022 A.D.

Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised,
And His greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of Your majesty
And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
(Psalm 145:3-5)

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Responses

  1. Amen!

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  2. What a perfect reference to share with your readers concerning Hezekiah laying out his dire situation before the Lord and the Lord’s answer. In our day and time I am very comforted remembering Who is in control of everything in life. He is our help and it makes all the difference when we realize our inability and His total ability. Not trying to take up the battle ourselves, but knowing sincerely we are at His mercy and in such need of Him. Thank you! I’m so very thankful the Lord is our help!

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