I’ve never had a weather report tell me the heat was going to be so bad it would be “oppressive,” but that’s exactly the report that came in this morning. Though it was a pleasant 75 degrees as I drove through town at 7:45am, I had in the back of my mind the weather warning we received an hour earlier:

“It will be oppressively hot today.”

~ The Google

I don’t know if Google is just feeling Biblical today or what, but the weather warning certainly made me think of the struggles of the enslaved Israelite, suffering in Egypt. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to toil away under the heat of the Egyptian sun, building the treasure cities of Raamses and  Pithom. During all their hardship, the people constantly pleaded for God to bring relief, but they weren’t praying about the weather. They didn’t just pray for the kiss of a cool wind or the pleasant feel of an autumn breeze. They prayed for deliverance. They prayed for freedom.

And God answered.

A week or so ago I wrote a post reminding us of the value in praying for the little things, and I warned us not to try and tackle our “little” problems on our own. A bunch of little problems can become one big problem, after all.

The flip side is also true: Don’t think you have a problem too big for God. Don’t think you have a request too large to make. Give God the big things too. Make your requests known to God…

Be [anxious] for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
(Philippians 4:6)

~ The Apostle

There’s no need for any Christian ever to suffer under the oppression of a worry. Whatever big thing you’re anxious about, unburden yourself from it: Give it God and trust Him to help.

~ Matthew