After King Hezekiah’s officials delivered the king’s message to Isaiah, the prophet replied, “Say to your master, ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not be disturbed by this blasphemous speech against me from the Assyrian king’s messengers. Listen! I myself will move against him, and the king will receive a message that he is needed at home. So he will return to his land, where I will have him killed with a sword.’”
2 Kings 19:5-7 NLT
As Christians, it is natural for us to feel offended when the God we worship is being desecrated or mocked. Our natural instinct is to fight through words and condemn the person. Then things get worst when we start to engage on the low level of conversation as we defend the Lord. We argue with others as if the Lord we serve cannot defend Himself.
Though king Hezekiah’s servants reached out to Isaiah because there was nothing they could do against the threat of king of Assyria, this passage clearly tells us that we do not have to fight God’s battle. God is God, He has everything at His mercy. He Himself will not allow anyone who defile His great name go unpunished.
Moreover, as His people, our initial response must be in prayer. We pray for inner peace so that we do not feel the need to react out of anger but to respond to people with grace. Then we trust the Lord that He will protect His name, whatever means He choose to make it happen. His retribution does not have to fit our expectations. Knowing this alone will surely remove our unnecessary burdens.
Finally, as we lift up these things to the Lord, we also think about those that oppose His name. They need grace too, as they do not know God. They are enemies of the Lord, their behaviour is what it should be because they are dead to sin. Remember, we were once like them too. It is just by God’s grace that we have come to faith with Jesus Christ, His Son. Now that we know better because we know God, we should also extend the grace we received from the Lord to the people who do not know Him.
Soli Deo Gloria!