2006-05-02 - Life's Burdens
King Hezekiah chose to trust God. Sennacherib trusted his representative to speak his message but he also sent it in written form. Perhaps he thought this tangible piece of doubt would drive home the fears and cause surrender. If that was his plan, it did not work. Instead, Hezekiah took the written message and spread it out before God. He took it directly to God.
Isaiah 37:14-20 (HCSB) Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers, read it, then went up to the LORD's house and spread it out before the LORD. 15 Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: 16 "LORD of Hosts, God of Israel, who is enthroned above the cherubim, You are God -You alone -of all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the heavens and the earth. 17 Listen closely, LORD, and hear; open Your eyes, LORD, and see; hear all the words that Sennacherib has sent to mock the living God. 18 LORD, it is true that the kings of Assyria have devastated all these countries and their lands 19 and have thrown their gods into the fire; for they were not gods but made by human hands -wood and stone. So they have destroyed them. 20 Now, LORD our God, save us from his hand so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD -You alone."
On a scale of 1 to 10, most of us would consider Hezekiah's problem to be a big 10 on the seriousness scale but we can take even smaller problems to God too. Luke 12:32 tells us, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." A note in the Geneva Bible for that verse simply states, "It is a foolish thing not to look for small things at the hands of him who freely gives us the greatest things." Why would God love us enough to give us his son to save us from our biggest trouble, death and eternal separation from Him, but not love us enough to help us with little things?
Like Hezekiah, we should "spread out" our problems. I am guilty at times of being short with God. "God you know about my problem. Fix it for me please. Thanks. Amen." Do not tell God that he knows the situation. Really, "I don't care enough to tell you about it" is what you are telling him. If we don't care about the problem, why should we think he would care?
Men, do your wives ever just rattle on and on and on about something in their life? Dana does. She gives me every single detail of the situation. Sometimes I might even learn the wardrobe histories of all involved parties or some other trivial information. Now I am not always the great listener she wants me to be but God is. He will always listen and he wants us to express concern in that same detail. Be honest and open - share the details, chronicle the events, describe the emotions. Share it all.
Women, there is a flip side to bearing your soul to others. Dana comes with a problem but she doesn't want my help. She just wants me to "listen". Just listening is so not the guy thing. Half way through her problem, I'm already figuring out seventeen different potential solutions and developing a twelve-step program. I should listen fully but then I have to solve. I feel bad when I can't solve the problem, remove the obstacle, or take the burden. Accept God's help too when you go to him with a problem. Here's a thought - if you spend more time talking about a burden to a person than to God, you are, in fact, trusting that person more.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.
Take time today to read Isaiah 36 and 37 if you have not already done so.