Sunday, December 27, 2015

Psalms 55:22 -- On Trusting God with our Burdens

"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved."
Psalms 55:22

I like this promise.  If we cast our burdens on the Lord, he will sustain us.  I think it is hard to do sometimes, because we lack faith.  We often think our problems are insurmountable, and that nothing can save us, or that certain situations are just hopeless.  And I'm not saying that we aren't going to be tested in life, because we are.  We need to have our faith tested sometimes in order to build it.  But I think in the eternal scheme of things, God does deliver us from every challenge, if we can just trust him enough to hand the problems that we can't solve to him, instead of trying to control events that are uncontrollable, or letting the world erode our hope.  The deliverance will be on his timetable, not ours, which is often hard because we aren't very patient.  But God *is* there, and he answers prayers and is willing to save us, even from our own stupid mistakes.  He will be there, to help and to heal, if we can learn to trust him more, and give him our burdens.
Today, let's try not to assume that we know better than God does what the outcome will be of each event in our lives.  Let's remember that God has a plan for us... not only an overall general plan for humanity, but a specific, personal plan for each of us.  He is mindful of each of us, and wants us to be happy.  Let's look to him, and give him the burdens that we can't carry.  Let's trust him, and stand our ground in the gospel rather than looking for answers elsewhere.  No one else has the answers that we need, but God is ready not only to answer us, but to help us ask better questions, so we can learn more and progress higher and farther than we ever thought possible.

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