And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the Lord: “O Lord, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words of defiance against El Chay.2 Kings 19:15-16
El Chay: The Living God
Hezekiah had received a message. One of doubt and the terror that accompanies it; we are no different than anyone else. Our God is a useless as theirs are. Look – here it is, the message to Hezekiah:
This message is for King Hezekiah of Judah. Don’t let your God, in whom you trust, deceive you with promises that Jerusalem will not be captured by the king of Assyria. You know perfectly well what the kings of Assyria have done wherever they have gone. They have completely destroyed everyone who stood in their way! Why should you be any different? Have the gods of other nations rescued them—such nations as Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Tel-assar? My predecessors destroyed them all!2 Kings 19:10-12
Sennacherib thought he knew. He had made a mockery of so many other gods, and he thought he knew no god could withstand him. His confidence was profound.
And profoundly wrong.
I struggle disagreeing with confident people; I have been wrong enough times in my life to know how very possible it is. But Hezekiah had someone else to be confident in, and he knew what few others knew; his was the Living God. Why should he be any different? Because his God is alive. Not wood. Not Stone. Spirit. And one day, flesh.
He is El Chay. He is the Living God.