2 Kings 19:20-37
I am going to nerd out here for a bit and tell you about “DOT.” In the gaming world, there is this acronym called “DOT” and what it stands for is, “Damage over time.” Let’s say you have two hundred points of damage to dish out to your opponent. A style of damage that is called “burst,” is you giving out all two hundred points of damage at once. Now for DOT damage, it would be two hundred points of damage spread out evenly within four seconds so that the person will experience fifty points of damage per sec for a total of four seconds which after quick maths will equal two hundred.
One method of damage output is not necessarily better than the other all the time because it depends upon what your style of play is and circumstance but that they are just different methods of damage output. In today’s passage, we see the trust and obedience of Hezekiah being answered by God through the prophet Isaiah. God was reassuring Hezekiah that the king of Assyria will not conquer Jerusalem and that the people will be set free from the oppression of the enemy that surrounds them.
And God provides a sign of how their restoration and freedom from this trouble will occur:
“And this shall be the sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same. Then in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. For out of Jerusalem shall go a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the LORD will do this.”
What God is saying is that in years one and two, the people are going to be naturally sustained from the crops that were already cultivated and that in year three they will be able to go back to their normal lives of farming because they were unable to do that due to the army of Assyria surrounding them.
The reward for their hope and trust in God will be deliverance but it will not be immediate deliverance but will be restoration over time (ROT). At times we can get upset when we don’t get the answer or restoration immediately and think that our trust in God was for nothing. This is the classic case for the often repeated phrase that we all love to hear as the counter argument to our response, “it's not about our timing but God’s!” God can bring breakthrough immediately or over time and it is not to say that one is better over the other but that we are not to complain or judge the quality of restoration by the method of its delivery. We are to only continue to trust and hope in God as God does His thing.
Today, if you are being restored in a moment or over time, continue to bless that process through your continued trust in Him. One way of showing your trust in God is by living for and with God through His word. To not give up in prayer for the things prayed for and to not give up seeking him in praise even if the feelings or prayers are not apparently there.
Press on and continual to hope and trust in Him! I’ll say it again, trust in Him!