One way of looking at the history of ancient Israel and Judah is through the lens of the social and political reality. Caught, as they were, between the twin bullies of Assyria and Egypt the kings tried to negotiate the delicate dance of keeping their powerful neighbors at bay. According to Biblical stories certain kings practiced realpolitik, shifting allegiances according to the needs of the moment. The prophet Isaiah urges using a different lens — the lens of the will of God. He urges the king of Judah to see things as God sees them instead of as an example of power politics. In our own lives, we should make our political, economic, social decisions according to the will of God as we have discerned it.