Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the LORD and spread it out before the LORD. And Hezekiah prayed to the LORD: “LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, LORD, and hear; open your eyes, LORD, and see; listen to all the words Sennacherib has sent to ridicule the living God. “It is true, LORD, that the Assyrian kings have laid waste all these peoples and their lands. They have thrown their gods into the fire and destroyed them, for they were not gods but only wood and stone, fashioned by human hands. Now, LORD our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you, LORD, are the only God.” Isaiah 37:14-20 NIV
What should we do when we receive a message that causes us anxiety?
We do what Hezekiah did–we turn our concerns over to The Lord since He has all the answers, we don’t.
The doctor’s report with bad news–spread it out before The Lord.
The bills we can’t pay–spread it out before The Lord.
The disobedient child–spread it out before The Lord.
The tragedies occurring all over the world–spread it out before The Lord.
The divorce papers you weren’t expecting–spread it out before The Lord.
The lawsuit you were just served about–spread it out before The Lord.
The violence and crime sprees the media reports–spread it out before The Lord.
The chaos and instability of this political cycle–spread it out before The Lord.
And once we spread our concerns before The Lord, we acknowledge we’re incapable of resolving the issue and need Him in our lives. Then we listen, hear, and obey. That’s what Hezekiah did and since we know that God is not a respecter of persons, He’ll do for us what He did for Hezekiah–save the day.
We don’t have to sweat the small stuff or the big stuff–just spread it out before The Lord and know–God’s got this!