Capsule for the Day
Threat and intimidation are very common tools of coercion. Humans use these tools against each other. It is very disturbing to be at the receiving end of a threat. In 2 Kings 19, we find King Hezekiah being intimidated by the King of the Asyrians. "Don't let your God on whom you rely deceive you... I will utterly destroy you", the Assyrian King said".
Now, it is one thing to be threatened and intimidated and another to give in to the threat. King Hezekiah refused to give in to the threat. He took the letter of the Assyrian King from the messenger, read it, and then went straight to the Temple and spread the letter before the Lord. Notice the details; notice how King Hezekiah dealt with the threat.
He didn't sit back and cry poor me, I am finished. He went straight to the Temple of the Lord and fought the battle in prayer. The Biblical David said, "the Lord is the Lord of the battle". No one who runs to Him with a battle, with a letter of threat or intimidation will He ignore. He will take the battle off the person, and He Himself will do the fighting.
Fr. Francis Afu