Verses 1-7 – Prayer should be our first response in any crises, not the last. Don’t wait until things are hopeless. Our problems are God’s opportunities. Although Assyria was a world power, it could not conquer Judah as long as Isaiah counseled the kings. Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah (Azariah), Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.
Verses 15-19 – Although Hezekiah came boldly to God, he did not take God for granted. Hezekiah acknowledged God’s sovereignty and Judah’s total dependence on Him. Even though the Lord had not acted yet, this prayer implied that He would when the time was right.
Verse 21 – Sennacherib believed his kingdom had grown because of his own efforts and strength. In truth, the Assyrians only succeeded because God allowed it. Its arrogance for someone to think they are solely responsible for their achievements.
Verses 25, 26 – Assyria had her way with surrounding nations for one reason: God ordained it!
Verse 28 – The Assyrians treated captives with cruelty. They tortured them for entertainment by blinding them, cutting them, or pulling strips of their shin until they died. If they made a captive a slave, they would place a hook in their nose. God was saying that the Assyrians would be treated the way they had treated others. God would lead the Assyrians back to their land with a hook in their nose.
Verse 31 – As long as a tiny spark remains, a fire can be rekindled and fanned into a roaring blaze. Similarly, a remnant of true believers retains the spark of faith. God can rebuild it into a strong nation. It’s the Father who does the work in our hearts!