Words can bring hope or they can strike a cord of fear! Sometimes people will use words as a weapon to control and intimidate you. This is what happened to Judah. The armies of Assyria besieged them. They knew Israel’s army was not that large and they were not skilled warriors.
So, rather than waste time in a battle, they sought to overwhelm Judah with their threats. It almost worked. The people heard the demands from the King’s Chief of Staff and were ready to surrender. The people lost hope just because of the words that their enemy spoke!
They did not realize that over every verbal threat from the devil, God has already spoken a Word of victory over their lives! Think of it this way: before you got into trouble, God already spoke that you were going to make it. Don’t live in fear of your enemies or detractors. They may have big words and terrifying threats but their words cannot undo God’s Word! God has spoken a Word of Victory over you– today and forever. Keep looking for victory because no foe can defeat you when you are on the Lord’s side!!
Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 37:1-38:22; Galatians 6:1-18; Psalm 65:1-13; Proverbs 23:24