Unlock The Cage (7/1/13)

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

Whom have you been defying and ridiculing? Against whom did you raise your voice? At whom did you look with such haughty eyes? It was the Holy One of Israel! (2 Kings 19:22)

Lion

Relate: As I was reading through today’s scripture, I was thinking about how Hezekiah and Isaiah did not need to try to defend God from the Assyrian’s mockery. All they did was take it to the Lord and let God defend himself. I was going to pull a quote from one of the best spoken word videos I’ve ever seen but it is good enough to watch again in entirety:

The quote I was thinking of is right around 1:50. “Trying to defend God is like trying to defend a lion. It don’t need your help, homey, just unlock the cage.”

React: So often I feel like God does need my help. I mean, not really, but things sure would go a lot smoother if He took my advice every now and then, wouldn’t it? When trouble first showed up, Hezekiah tried to buy his way out of it. He had to rob the temple to do it but even still, it didn’t help. Things only got worse. I know the feeling. “I can’t tithe this week because this bill needs to be paid and if it doesn’t I’m going to be in some serious trouble. God understands and I’ll pay it back.” Except I usually don’t and things only seem to get worse. God does understand, and He doesn’t want me to be a thief. Not paying my tithes is robbing God. Not so much from the money itself as it is robbing Him of my trust in Him, and of giving Him glory and authority in my life, and putting Him first. But I digress…

Hezekiah tried to buy his way out but it didn’t help. Now Assyria’s armies are at the gates mocking God, king, and country. The Assyrians write a letter to Hezekiah saying don’t bother trusting in God, it won’t help. I would have written a very sharp letter back. I would have told those Assyrians a thing or two. I would have… made a mistake and probably just have made a bad situation worse.

Hezekiah was a smarter man than I am. He simply took the letter to God. He just unlocked the cage. God took care of the rest. One hundred eighty five thousand Assyrians did not survive the night. The king himself made it back home only to be killed by his own sons. Hezekiah didn’t need to fight, neither do I. Just take it to the Lord and let Him do His thing. He’s pretty good at that if only I will get out of the way.

Respond: 

God, I’ve got this cage in my life that I need You to open. I think that this cage is the box I’ve put You in. It’s the limitations I’ve placed on You in my life. Help me to realize that it isn’t You in the cage, its me. All that cage is doing is keeping me from being free. It is keeping You from coming in. Help me to open up that door so that You can come invade my life. I give up control, come take over. I want to see You for how great You really are. Through that knowledge, I want to be free.

13 comments

  1. God used you this morning to speak directly into my life, this blog brought tears to my eyes. I know intellectually that I’ve been set free yet I’ve even described to others the sensation of being in prison with the door wide open. So often I “choose” to sit on the hard cold floor of the prison cell of my past and whine about my captivity.

    God has opened the door to my heart, my life, given me my very freedom through Calvary yet I seem to enjoy the lack of responsibility and pity that comes through claiming a false captivity that no longer exists.

    Thank you my brother in Christ for sharing what God reveals to you in your own walk; what you share is reaching others for Christ and that is what we are called to do in the Great Commission, transparently share our journey with others so they may be encouraged to seek our Our Father and press on in their own journey.

    May God continue to bless your ministry!

    George

  2. One of my favorite videos… gotta love the ONE who does not need defending. How could we not. :)

  3. How very powerful, both the message about the Assyrians and Hezekiah and the wonderful video.

  4. Homey done open that cage…Run, Forest, Run!!!

  5. Most excellent. I enjoy Propaganda’s poetry, and spoken word. I also loved this devotional – thank you! Just what I needed to hear/read.

  6. Amazing post! Exactly what I needed to hear today!! Thank you!!!

  7. The part of the video where he goes into saying that the very breath that we breathe in and take for granted was clothed by God and He breathed it out as He died on the cross for us to continue breathing that breath… Goodness isn’t God amazing!?!??!

  8. Awesome posts! Keep them up.

    Just some food for thought: thinking of God as a lion and that He can defend Himself is certainly true. But we need be careful though of permanently thinking this way to such an extent that we stop doing our part. Leaving it ALL up to God is usually not the way He intends to work. He is there to help and assist us. And this is the way we see Him working most often. We take a step of faith and He is right there to help and bless us. We do nothing, usually nothing happens – though He is known for coming through for us in the most unexpected ways…

    God ordained it this way, as it brings Him the most Glory. He made us in His image, now this includes us also experiencing the Father’s joy in bringing someone to Christ, and rejoicing over saving a soul. Yes, He gave us that power. We are not doing it all by ourselves, but we need to be instruments that the Holy Spirit can work through. This means we need be in tune, a false tune will scare people away…

  9. Reblogged this on Live, Love, Laugh, Dance, Pray and commented:
    I think we all do this. We ask God to do things for us, almost giving Him directions on how to run our lives. We put Him in a box like a pet, where we actually try to control Him instead of letting God control our lives. God, for one, is always in control of our lives, no matter how hard we try to change that. He will even work our sin into the greater plan He has for us. Not trusting in God, and putting Him in a box is a sin. It’s a form of disobedience. How so? Well, we aren’t listening to His plan for us and following His will. We are wanting to make our own plan and have God be okay with it, no matter what. The bible says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” This is God’s promise to us. We simply need to let go and let God. Pray for understanding and the ability to trust God, and watch how much your life changes. This is something I have been working on this summer because I struggle with it a ton, especially with my anxiety. What good does it do to worry? It means that I doubt God’s capabilities. Today, I ask God to forgive me for not trusting in Him, and to remember His plan for me.

  10. hisnamebpraised

    Your metaphor is a very apt one. It is the hight of our arrogance that we believe that we can put God in a cage, yet we try. In one sense it also allows us, being on the outside to feel a sense of control. Sometimes if we can find that we have the strength to open the cage, once the lion has left we enter into the gage, wanting again to feel safe from the lion. One thing is true, with the awesome presence, power, perfection embodied by God, He is truly awe inspiringly frightening to behold. May it be that we have the faith of Daniel to enter in with the Lion and submit to the power which He yields, knowing, like Daniel that we will come out blessed. Thanks for the wonderful post. Doug

  11. Reblogged this on Jesus Makes Me Happy and commented:
    Amazing Lesson

  12. Pingback: Weekly Wisdom: Unlock The Cage (7/1/13) | Collyn's Quandaries

  13. Loved and re blogged on Collynsquandaries.com

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