Laying things before the Lord

Isaiah 37: 1, 5-6, 14, 30 (NASB) And when King Hezekiah heard it, he tore his clothes, covered himself with sackcloth and entered the house of the Lord. 5 So the servants of King Hezekiah came to Isaiah. 6 Isaiah said to them, “Thus you shall say to your master, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Do not be afraid because of the words that you have heard, with which the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed Me. 14 Then Hezekiah took the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it, and he went up to the house of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. 30 “Then this shall be the sign for you: you will eat this year what grows of itself, in the second year what springs from the same, and in the third year sow, reap, plant vineyards and eat their fruit.


Assyria was attacking Jerusalem and Hezekiah knew that he was not adequate militarily. What should Hezekiah do in this situation? The Assyrians told him to just give up and that they would at least give them the necessities of life such as food. Hezekiah did the only thing that he knew would help the situation. He tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and entered the house of the Lord. This is a sign of great humility because he knew that he was defenseless but God was his only hope. He could have employed the Egyptians to assist him; however, that would have been futile. Hezekiah sent word to the prophet Isaiah for direction but he also took the letter from the Assyrians and laid it out before the Lord. How are you handling your problems? If you are like most individuals then you worry, complain, and try to fix things to the best of your ability. I would suggest that we live in a different manner. How about we get our spiritual leaders to join with us in prayer and lay our our problems before the Lord? I would consider laying our problems out before the Lord would indicate a life of prayer and fasting so that God would move in our difficulties. Peter instructs in this manner in 1 Peter 5:7 (NASB) “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” God did move in the situation with Hezekiah as God defeated the Assyrians in a supernatural manner. Is there anything too hard for God? Is there? Then take your problems to the Lord, cast them upon Him, and trust His hand of wisdom and power.


His servant,

Marcus Riggs


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