Solomon, the wisest man who has ever lived, wrote a proverbs that says: “If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it; if a man rolls a stone, it will roll back on him” (Proverbs 26:27). This was very true of Rezin, King of Aram.
Rezin ruled over Aram, a nation to the northeast of Israel & Judah, and fought with God’s people over territory. It seems Rezin was trying to form an alliance of nations to resist the advance of the growing Assyrian Empire. But, when King Ahaz of Judah refused to join, Rezin teamed up with King Pekah of Israel… and maybe even with Edomites and Philistines… to attack Judah (2Ki. 16; 2Chron. 28:16-19).
In an act of desperation, King Ahaz turned to Assyria for help. He made Judah a subservient nation to Assyria and paid the king of Assyria a large sum of money in tribute of silver and gold to attack Rezin & Pekah. The plan worked. The Assyrians annexed the territory of Aram and much of Israel, and they killed Rezin.
Unfortunately, this also appears to have whetted the Assyrians’ appetite for the region, because they later returned… and attacked Judah, too.
Isaiah prophesied about Rezin’s downfall to Assyria in Isaiah 7-9. He called Rezin & Pekah “two smoldering stubs of firewood” (Is. 7:4), and assured King Ahaz of Judah they would not succeed. Sadly, Ahaz did not trust God… and took matters into his own hands to gain the help of Assyria.
How quickly do you try to do it yourself… like a strong-willed 2-year old?
How quickly do you trust God… and leave things in His hands? Especially when most things you have little control over anyway….
“Let go and let God!” That’s usually pretty good advice!
You can read Rezin’s story in 2Kings 15:37; 16.