“Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: He shall not come into this city, or shoot an arrow there, or come before it with a shield, or cast up a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same he shall return, and he shall not come into this city, says the LORD. For I will defend this city to save it, for my own sake and for the sake of my servant David.” And the angel of the LORD went forth, and slew a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians; and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies. Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went home and dwelt at Nineveh.”
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God will help her right early. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, he burns the chariots with fire! “Be still, and know that I am God. I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth!” The LORD of hosts iswith us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.”
The account in Isaiah is of Jerusalem being besieged by the king of Assyria, the most powerful king on earth at the time. He had 185,000 men besieging Jerusalem and it appeared to the people of the city that there was no way out. God promised king Hezekiah that no harm would come to them. Can you imagine the faith it would take to believe this? However, with God all things are possible (Mat. 19:26). The inhabitants of Jerusalem went to sleep that night and when they awoke the entire Assyrian army was dead by the hand of God. Psalm 46 gives exultation to God about how He saves and it is a Psalm for us as well.
There are times in our lives when we may feel we have no way out and that we are being besieged on all sides. We may have come to the realization there is nothing we can do about it on our own and it is too overwhelming. Those are the times when we need to be turning to God and giving over our anxiety and fears to Him. Believe that He will be with us to see us through our trial.
When we are being besieged may we come to the realization that we cannot do it on our own, that we need God and that He truly is our refuge.