Bend Down

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And Hezekiah prayed this prayer before the Lord: “O Lord, God of Israel, you are enthroned between the mighty cherubim! You alone are God of all the kingdoms of the earth. You alone created the heavens and the earth. 16 Bend down, O Lord, and listen! Open your eyes, O Lord, and see! (2 Kings 19:15-16a)

Read: 2 Kings 18:13 – 19:37, Acts 21:1-17, Psalm 149:1-9, Proverbs 18:8

Relate: “The problem with heroes is that they have good intentions but poor availability.” This is the complaint of one of the female heroines in a book series that I love. I’m not quoting directly but the sentiment is there. She goes on, “They will always say, if you ever need me just call and I will come. The problem is if we need them, we need them now, not the weeks it will take for our message to get to them and their return.” Obviously, the books take place long before the advent of cell phones, internet, and social media.

But do cell phones, internet, and social media truly bring us closer together? If I were to list the five greatest, most influential people in my life, none of them are living close to me. I have connected with some of them through messenger, etc lately but nothing comes close to replacing face to face time. Having a phone call (which I can’t do since I don’t have an international plan) doesn’t begin to compare to sharing a meal. If one of them desperately needed me, yes, I could hop on a plane but it would still take me much more than a day to arrive.

React: That first statement was what I immediately thought of when I read Hezekiah’s prayer. “Yes, You are a great and powerful God. I have heard of many of Your wonders and know of Your deeds. But now I don’t need to hear and know. I need You to bend down and act.”

How many of us view God as a famous, powerful, influential Father… who is distant. Yes, we will be quick to jump in and say that we know He sees and cares and acts on our behalf, but do we truly believe it? God You are great. This we know very well. But God… bend down. Come close. We desperately need You right here. Right now.

Respond: 

God, bend down. I know how great You are. I know how powerful and mighty You are. You created the universe with a word. You stopped suns in motion, and raised sons back to life. You parted waters and gathered peoples. There is nothing too difficult for You. But I need You here. Now. Bend down and intervene in my life. See my desperate need and hear my longing cry. Come close and lift me up. Hold me in Your powerful, tender arms.

 

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11 thoughts on “Bend Down

  1. The judges all complained “Surely you don’t mean me!” I have found that the hardest part of receiving God’s blessings is surrendering the greatness of his vision for us. It is to be the candle offering the praise “Thank you for making me a light in the darkness!” Imagine then what a delight we are in the eyes of others! Will they not pray for us to be lifted even higher?

  2. HE IS HERE! We needn´t worry. Perhaps we should be praying for our eyes to be opened to the fact! Could we be amazed when we realize that He is working right here right now? Might our stress be a small part of that plan? Could our prayer right now be just what He was waiting for to unleash His Power and His Presence and His love somewhere somehow? Shall we pray on?

  3. Good Morning, Beejai! My comment has nothing to do with your blog post, which was wonderful. It has to do with living overseas. About a third of the way through my 17 year expat stint, after spending tons of money on the telephone, a friend told me about Vonage. A regular telephone, the internet, and less than $30 a month enabled me to call anywhere in the world. My family and my true friends live all over the world and it brings me great comfort to be able to speak to them for very little money. I still have the same number. I know it sounds like I am shilling for them – because I am! Jesus sometimes visits me in a phone call. Shalom!

  4. He is great indeed and He did bend down, He sent His only Son for my sake, for me, so that when I needed Him, He did not send a messenger, an angel, a cherubim or a seraphim, but He Himself came to save me. He bent down for me.

  5. This is as real as it gets. A cry to be noticed. A hope that He will act. Now. And that’s relational. Love this, BJ. It’s the genuineness of the relationship that allows us to call in desperation and want Him to answer now. And to then know that He does hear–even if the answer isn’t what we want.

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