Isaiah 36

Isaiah 36:1-22

SUMMARYEmpty promises

OVERVIEWThe Assyrian army threatens Jerusalem, mocks their faith in God, and invites Jerusalem’s residents to defect.

BIG IDEADon’t make deals with the enemy.

KEY VERSEIsaiah 36:8 (Field commander to Hezekiah)
I’ll tell you what! Strike a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria. I will give you 2,000 horses if you can find that many men to ride on them!

Learn to discern what is truth and what is fantasy. I am truth, and everything I say is trustworthy. Think back to instructions I’ve given that you’ve obeyed or ignored. If you remember correctly, you will discover that my guidance was accurate. Learn to trust me, and when you do, step out in faith and put my promises to the test. Don’t do so in a foolish manner. Do so within the spirit and boundaries of my instruction. Trust my word and promises.

I admit you will seemingly receive more attractive offers from the world that the enemy will claim can be delivered immediately. But they always have a catch. There’s always an exception hidden in the fine print. The enemy does not want you to trust me, so he will offer what you want, but I offer what you need. But when you follow me, you will discover my offer is what you’ve always wanted after all.

Focus on what God has to say. Listen to his voice, and don’t be distracted by competing voices and messages. Meditate on (think deeply about) God’s promises. Pick one and say it as a prayer, thanking God for being a faithful promise keeper. (For example, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble,” Psalm 46:1)