“Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
Some people have a hard time believing in a God who would permit suffering and pain to enter the lives of his followers. Some even think that He does so because of the evil we do. So what about those who live according to the law, are obedient to God, put their total trust in The Lord and study their Bibles? Unfortunately this isn’t a game of us against God, for if it were, we certainly would lose. We’re all sinners, every single one of us. No matter what we do, we can never pay for our wrongdoings. There is only One who can come up with the impossible ransom.
We not only are gifted with the promise of eternal life, but Jesus invites us to cast our burdens upon His shoulders. He will make them much easier to bear. It’s really hard for us to allow Him to do that, because we want so much to handle things ourselves. If we remember that His will for us is always for our good, it might give us an inkling of how He works.
When we face life threatening diseases, when our life hangs in the balance, when we wonder if our debts will overtake our assets and we will be left penniless – that is when we need Him most. When anxiety and depression pursue us – when relationships fall apart – when our guilt overtakes us – that is when we need to turn it over to Him.
God doesn’t allow us to escape trouble in our lives. Many times He will place challenges before us – not to harm us, but to make us stronger and more dependent on Him. The one thing we can count on with the greatest certainty, is that God loves all of us equally and unconditionally. The only thing He expects in return is that we follow Him. He loves a penitent heart – one that comes to Him and lays it all before Him with sincere sorrow. A repentant heart will be forgiven and become joyful in serving the Lord.
My prayer list grows day by day. People I love are facing difficult decisions, health issues, money issues and so much more. Age is overtaking many of my friends, but there are so many who hurt and become desperate at any age.
Lord, Jesus, I ask that you stay close to those who are facing the tough challenges of life. You’ve invited us to lay all or burdens upon you and you will give rest to those who ask. Allow all of us to depend completely on you for anything we face today, tomorrow and into eternity. You are our only awesome God and greatly to be praised, even in bad times. In your holy name I commit myself and those I care about into your hands. Amen!