God's protection of the faithful

Read in the nineteenth chapter of II Kings how Sennacherib the Assyrian king sought to overthrow Jerusalem (2 Kings 18:28-37, 19:1-37). Hezekiah, the king who represented Israel pleaded with the Lord for deliverance while Sennacherib mocked him, saying, "Don't think that your prayers to your God can help you. Every place that I have been and taken already, they have been praying. You are helpless," and the next morning a large part of the Assyrian army was found dead upon the ground, and Jerusalem had been preserved by the Lord. He is our strength, brethren, your Father and mine, the Father of all; if we will only be worthy He will preserve us as He did Helaman's sons (Alma 58:39), and as He preserved Daniel from the lions (Daniel 6:20-27), and the three Hebrew children from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:20-30), and six hundred thousand of the descendants of Abraham when he brought them out from Egypt under the leadership of Moses and drowned Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:26-31). He is the God of this universe. He is the Father of us all. He is all-powerful and He promises us protection if we will live worthy of it.


George Albert Smith, General Conference, April 1943



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