Isaiah 37

“Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, LORD, are the only God" (v20). Though King Hezekiah felt hopeless against the threatening Assyrian empire, he still ran to the Lord in prayer. He confessed that Judah was weak, like a mother exhausted by labor with no strength to give birth (v3). But he knew that unlike idols of wood and stone, the God of Abraham had real power to deliver (v19).

“Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above” (v31). When our own strength fails us, we remember “once more” that Jesus the Messiah makes all things new.