When the Lord Steps Back
Have you ever stepped back and allowed people to handle something on their own? Maybe your children who are accustomed to your micromanagement of what they do—have you ever withdrawn a little just to see what happens?
This was a visual aid for me last night. Completely unintentional on my part, but I thank God for the teaching. I wasn’t hovering near my kids when shut-everything-down time approached. I wasn’t right there reminding them of what should be common knowledge by now. As the words came out of my mouth—that they know what to do even when I am not in there telling them to do it—I was reminded of a Scripture that pricks me to the core.
King Hezekiah of Judah was one of those kings whose life offers us many lessons. The portion of his roller coaster story that hits me like a punch to the stomach is found in one verse. He had been miraculously healed by the Lord, and afterward he received visitors from Babylon.
“However, regarding the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, whom they sent to him to inquire about the wonder that was done in the land, God withdrew from him, in order to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”
God, please don’t withdraw from me!!!!! I will fail every time!!
Maybe I’m the only one who is completely dependent on His grace, completely dependent on the Holy Spirit (I know I’m not), but I know that without Him I am nothing. If He leaves me to myself, I am a failure waiting to happen.
However, we all sense that there are times that He doesn’t feel as near as others. There are times when we must keep obeying what we know to do, even when we don’t feel Him hovering and leading. His Word didn’t change. Maybe sometimes He steps back to test us. May we continue in His ways even then.
Father, I trust You to keep me. It makes me nervous when it comes to You testing me. I don’t want to just pass…I want to ace it. I want to keep doing what You want me to do, even when I don’t feel You. Please help. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Kings 18-20