Many of us face difference challenges in our journey of faith. For some of us there is the challenge of trusting God with our lives, or matters regarding our lives, while for others the challenge may be learning to wait on His timing, or learning to be dependent on His guidance.
Although very fulfilling, our journey with God is never an easy one to take. Personally speaking, one of my greatest challenges was learning to cast away all my worries onto Him. We easily forget that we are called to follow a God who is not limited to this world, but often times I find that carrying our own worries and refusing to give it to Him, limits us from seeing and understanding this limitless God. Let me explain further.
There is a comforting word in Psalm 55:22 which we often hear, “cast your burdens [cares, worries, concerns] upon the Lord and He will sustain you”. For a very long time in my walk with God I had no trouble believing that God was capable of blessing me, or loving me, but for some reason when it came to my worries or burdens, I somehow believed that He was not part of them.
God is willing
The exciting truth I came to learn throughout my journey, is this. He not only cares about the burdens you carry, but He wants you to cast them all onto Him. There is a God out there who is not just interested in taking care of you when all is well – instead He delights in carrying all that is weighing you down so that you may continue to live in freedom. There are so many references in the scripture in which we see God repeatedly asking us to rest in Him, to surrender all of our burdens to Him. In 1 Peter 5:7 the apostle Peter restates the verse above by saying: “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about what happens to you.” When we choose to hold on to our worries, we are immediately dismissing the promises that God has made. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says the following, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest [..].”
There are many occasions in which I hear people often questioning where God is in their life. As soon as that wave of worries, or stress, or concerns begins to arise we get so quick to accuse God of abandonment. Meanwhile, God has been waiting for you to see that He is there offering His hand to take over. The problem with so many of us, at least speaking for myself, was that I just couldn’t trust God to take care of my problems and/or burdens. I couldn’t surrender my burdens to Him because I didn’t trust He knew better, or could do better. My lack of trust in His desire to take care of me, prevented me from seeing His ability of being able to do so. Don’t make that same mistake.
The year has recently started, and there are many things that will come your way – which are expected to come with growth. New storms, new challenges, and burdens that will seem too heavy to carry. My encouragement to you as you being this week and year is to remind yourself that you are not alone. To conclude, I want to encouraging you by reminding you that you are not built or meant to struggle and worry stress over matters regarding your life – you were built to enjoy the privilege of resting in Him. Give HIM the chance to show you that He is really there to carry your load for you.
See you next Monday!