Bend Down And Listen
Posted: Friday, July 1
2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Verse of the day:
That is why their people have so little power
and are so frightened and confused.
They are as weak as grass,
as easily trampled as tender green shoots.
They are like grass sprouting on a housetop,
scorched before it can grow lush and tall. (2 Kings 19:16 NLT)
I don’t know about you, but when I think about God, I imagine that he is rather large. I believe he is eternal, all knowing and all powerful. You cannot fit all into a small package. So I just imagine that he is really, really big.
Have you ever seen a movie where there is a giant and a regular sized person? The giant always has a hard time hearing the voice of the small person because they just don’t have strong enough lung power to move the inner workings of the giant’s ears. No matter how loud you screamed, they would barely be able to hear. I wonder sometimes if this is how we think about God when we pray. Do you ever feel like no matter how loud you rant and rave, God just doesn’t hear you?
I am sure that King Hezekiah was in a pretty desperate situation. The army of Assyria lead by Sennacherib, was marching and conquering all over that region and they had turned their sights to Judah. Hezekiah was out manned and out matched. So in desperation he cried out to his big God. He knew God was big enough, but would God really hear him in his desperate hour. So his plea for God to come close, bend down, and listen to the repentant heart of a national leader.
I love this story of God’s deliverance. God did not just simply send in a raiding army or empower Hezekiah to fight off the invaders. Instead, he supernaturally sent his angel to kill 185,000 enemy soldiers. In one night, God destroyed this invading army and sent them back home. God showed just how big he was. He did hear the cry of His people. He did then, and he does today.