There have been times in my life when huge dark clouds have rolled in and completely filled the sky over my head….actually, they have been in my head. And they don’t move. They don’t let any light shine through.
What do I want to do when this happens? I want to worry, get anxious, and try to figure out how to fix it myself at 3 am in the morning.
What should I do?
When King Hezekiah received a letter from of the King of Assyria telling him that he was going to destroy Hezekiah, Hezekiah went to the temple and spread the letter out before the LORD.
God heard Hezekiah’s prayers and send an angel to kill a hundred and eighty thousand Assyrian soldiers. When the King of Assyria saw this, he ‘withdrew to his own land in disgrace.” God won – of course.
Hezekiah knew it would be impossible for him to win the battle before him on his own. So he laid it down before God.
How many of us have an impossible battle before us right now? It’s too big. It’s too hard. I’m not strong enough. I can’t do this on my own.
I’m there. When my son, David Glasser, who was a Phoenix Police Officer, was killed in the line of duty 4 years ago, I entered a battle with grief and loss that I’m going to be fighting the rest of my life and I cannot possibly be successful if I try to do it by myself. I need to take Hezekiah’s lead and lay it down before my God who is all-powerful.
Lay it down before my God who wants the best for me.
Lay it down before my God who is in control and can bring good out of every dark cloud.
As I’ve grown in my relationship with God on this journey, I’ve gotten pretty good at laying it down. But, if I’m not careful, I’m also good at picking it back up. Are you with me on that?
I need to lay it down….
and leave it at the feet of my Father God who fights my battles for me and who has already won the war.
Here it is, Abba Father.