S (Scripture): 2 Kings 19:21 This is what the Lord says about King Sennacherib of Assyria:
27 “I know where you live, and everything you do.
28 Because you rage against me, and the uproar you create has reached my ears;
I will put my hook in your nose, and my bridle between your lips, and I will lead you back the way you came.”
O (Observation): Under a threat, God doesn’t back down from an enemy. God doesn’t take mocking too lightly. And God tends to back up God’s own words with swift action.
Apparently, God’s got this one under control and is not holding anything back. God’s people have been far from perfect to this point, but all of that is pushed aside for the moment, as God defends God’s own honor.
A (Application): As we are getting more and more riled up over politics and news of terror attacks, My sense is that the Enemy still looks for ways to break us apart. And the Enemy is essentially shaking its fist at God. And my hope is that God acts directly as God did with Sennacherib.
God will not be mocked. God will take care of God’s honor. We can do what we can to defend our God, but let us not feel like God can’t take over God’s own honor from time to time. We can assist, as would an apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, or shepherd…but God’s honor will always be defended by God.
As we read in Luther’s Small Catechism, in the explanation for each of the Commandments, each answer begins with the phrase, “We are to fear and love God, so that…” This foundational sentiment helps us to clarify our place in the Kingdom, and helps us to display a healthy respect for our God.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to play our role in living out your will, so that we can all love you and live in reverent awe of you. Amen.