What do you do with your burdens? How do you handle tough situations? Let me give you a recipe from old times, from an historical event recorded three times in the Bible. God must have thought it was important to point this out to us since he had it “tripled.”
I’m referring to Hezekiah, when he and the nation of Israel were threatened by the Assyrian king Sennacherib. For the sake of time and space, I’ll let you do the reading. (See 2 Kings 18 &19; 2 Chronicles 32; and Isaiah 37.)
Sennacherib not only threatened the nation, he also belittled God. Let me point out how Hezekiah handled the situation. I have used this method myself in times of big crisis. When Hezekiah received the threatening message, “he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord” and then he prayed. He told God all about the situation and finished by asking, “Now, O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that you alone, O Lord, are God” (Is 37:14,20).
Whatever is pressing you, spread it out before the Lord! If you have bills mounting up, put them all in a pile than go kneel in God’s presence and spread them out. Show them to the Lord and tell him all your frustration and how you don’t know where the money is going to come from to pay them.
Do you have concerns about your family, your, job, your health, your friends, you present, your future…? Whatever it is, write it down and show it to God in prayer. Of course, he knows all about it, but the tangible, physical action is for your good.
Now comes the most important part: Leave the burden at the feet of Jesus. Don’t take it back! He’s got solutions in mind you can’t even fathom! The promise in 1 Peter 5:7 is true: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
Be bold! Be persistent! Spread out your needs before the Lord, and leave it there. Don’t take back the burden! Cast all your anxiety on Him and leave it at his feet.
Did you put something at Jesus’ feet yesterday? Don’t pick it up.
Have a blessed week!