Saturday, August 16, 2014

Spread It Out

Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness . . . make your way straight before me. -- Psalm 5:8

What can you do when you need help and direction?  The Bible gives us an example.

One day the king of Assyria sent the commander of his army to Jerusalem to publicly humiliate and threaten King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18:17-35).  After Hezekiah heard the threat, he sent messnengers to the prophet Isaiah to ask him to pray (19:1-4).  Isaiah did pray, and the crisis was averted.  

A short time later, however, the king of Assyria sent another intimidating message to Hezekiah.  What did Hezekiah do?  I love his response: "Hezekiah recevied the letter from the hand of the messengers and read it; and Hezekiah went up to the house of the LORD and spread it before the LORD." (2 Kings 19:14).

What crisis are you facing today?  Why not "spread it out" before the Lord?  Find some tangible symbol of the problem - a picture, a checkbook, a letter, a journal entry.

Lay it before the Lord, and ask Him to give you wisdom.  Then stand back and watch as He directs your steps.  Believe His Word; He will not fail you.

-- Nancy Leigh DeMoss, from August 2014 Daily Reflections

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