|Vol. VI Number 45||November 24, 2002|
The other day I received an email from my mother with the following MS Powerpoint Slide Show called The Rope. I found this slide show to be a very good object lesson being on how much do we really trust the Lord with our whole heart.
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
As the slide show shows while the mountain climber said that he trusted in the Lord, he died while clinging to the rope that he trusted, while refusing to let go when the Lord told him to. This is like many of us who profess to trust in the Lord, but refuse to let go and follow the direction of the Lord.
I knew a preacher in North Carolina who once lived in a beautiful house with lake front property on Mount St. Helens in the state of Washington. The Lord told him to sell everything, quit his job, and move to North Carolina and start a home mission church. His wife did not like the idea of just getting up and leaving everything that they worked so hard to build for themselves. Reverend Wilt followed the direction of the Lord and sold everything and moved to North Carolina. When he got to Wilmington he rented a store front for the church, rented an apartment, and bought some needed items. The change left in his pocket was $30.00. The next day he went out and bought some more supplies and looked for a job. Later that night when he got home he counted out the change and still had $30.00. That $30.00 lasted for an entire month until he received his first pay check. Here was a man who really knew how to trust in the Lord. As history tells us on May 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens erupted destroying all of the beautiful lake front property that the Lord told Rev. Wilt to sell.
Needless to say when you have the sure word from the Lord it is best to follow the admonition of the Lord. Many of us try to use reason and our own knowledge when it would have been better to follow the Lord's leading. It did not make any sense to leave a beautiful home or to let go of the rope when the Lord dictated. If you follow the dictates of the Lord your life will be a lot better. For the Lord only wants what is best for his children. When the Lord's teaching tells you not to commit adultery or commit fornication he is trying to protect you from some dreadful disease. Though you may see it as a hindrance, is AIDS something you want to take the chance with? Trusting in the Lord goes deeper than just following the Ten Commandments, but trusting in the Lord like the prophets, David, Hezekiah, and the judges.
1 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD.
2 And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.
3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.
4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God, and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.
5 So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.
6 And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say unto your master, Thus saith the LORD, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
7 Behold, I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.
8 So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah: for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.
9 And he heard say concerning Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, He is come forth to make war with thee. And when he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,
10 Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God, in whom thou trustest, deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.
11 Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands by destroying them utterly; and shalt thou be delivered?
12 Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed, as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Telassar?
13 Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arphad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah?
14 And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up unto the house of the LORD, and spread it before the LORD.
15 And Hezekiah prayed unto the LORD, saying,
16 O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, that dwellest between the cherubims, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth: thou hast made heaven and earth.
17 Incline thine ear, O LORD, and hear; open thine eyes, O LORD, and see: and hear all the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent to reproach the living God.
18 Of a truth, LORD, the kings of Assyria have laid waste all the nations, and their countries,
19 And have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them.
20 Now therefore, O LORD our God, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD, even thou only.
21 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria:
22 This is the word which the LORD hath spoken concerning him; The virgin, the daughter of Zion, hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.
23 Whom hast thou reproached and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.
24 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, and the forest of his Carmel.
25 I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
26 Hast thou not heard long ago, how I have done it; and of ancient times, that I have formed it? now have I brought it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste defenced cities into ruinous heaps.
27 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded: they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.
28 But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against me.
29 Because thy rage against me, and thy tumult, is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.
30 And this shall be a sign unto thee, Ye shall eat this year such as groweth of itself; and the second year that which springeth of the same: and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.
31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
32 For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the LORD of hosts shall do this.
33 Therefore thus saith the LORD concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it.
34 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the LORD.
35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.
36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.
37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.
38 And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword; and they escaped into the land of Armenia: and Esarhaddon his son reigned in his stead.
Sennacherib king of Assyria was the leader of the most powerful nation on earth. There was no hope for Hezekiah with his small army and being surrounded by the enemy. All of the elders in Jerusalem were telling him to give up and save their lives. Hezekiah put his trust in the Lord and the Lord delivered Israel just like the Lord delivered Israel during the 6 day war in 1967. In both cases the odds were totally against Israel, but when God is fighting on your side there is no chance that you will lose. Trusting in the Lord involves a total trust in the impossible, for what we see as impossible, God sees as opportunity.
Thus when we are told to trust in the Lord with all of our heart and lean not to our own understanding, we are being asked to take a leap of faith and trust in the unknown depths of the Lord's love.
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