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.

I couldn’t surrender my burdens to Him because I didn’t trust He knew better, or could do better.
 I had no problem believing in His abilities to do anything and everything else, BUT when it came to my worries, I was convinced they were mine to deal with alone.  I kept struggling with this for years and started realizing that something wasn’t adding up.  I began to see that the more control I took away from God and His ability to deal with my worries, the more it dissolved my energy, time, and hope in Him.  In addition to that, it’s almost as if I was making this silent statement to God about what He could, and couldn’t do .. as if He was a God restricted by my limitations of Him.

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.

Final thoughts

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!

Written by Christina Girma

    2 Comments

  1. Peter Honore January 27, 2015 at 2:52 am Reply

    Amen and thank you for this. It is the childlike simplicity of this Truth that renders it so powerfully effective. Worry and fear t is a universal feature of the human experience. In my own personal journey I have discovered that worry is not simply an expression of fear but also a reappropriation of control. In other words, it is the soul restoring its right to control the outcome of a situation. Anxiety is simply misplaced control and a deviation from the Truth whereby Life and peace is derived in all manner of the goodness that extends from the Presence of Him knows all things. As the Scripture states ‘One perfect in knowledge is with you’. This is a most glorious Truth and is the bedrock foundation that establishes the credibility of the One Who calls us to Trust and anchor our souls in Him. The Father knows all of the variables at all times and works out everything together for the counsel of His own perfect will. We, having not the ability to perceive all of the variables of life cannot suppose for a second that we have the power or strength to bear the burdens of life, for it was never ours to bear. Furthermore, the word ‘care’ in the passage you cited is the Greek word ‘Merimna’ which is derived from root word ‘Merizo’ which means to divide and split into factions. This suggests that the effect of anxiety is the fragmentation of the soul. In other words the once steadfast and consistent you has now become shattered and divided into many conflicting parts, thus rendering the soul completely ineffective. Anxiety is therefore the constrictor of faith and puts to death our confidence through the asphyxiation imposed by the hand of worry. The reason why anxiety drains us is because we are essentially trying to hold the fragmented pieces of our soul together in our own strength. This of course is futile as the Hand of Him Who that nailed down the Universe is fully equipped to uphold those who live in it. Thus we understand that worry is the rejection of the Father’s strength and the erroneous embracing of our own. But behold the beauty of our lives in His control! The Holy Spirit, peace, Truth, Love and Salvation. And we know through experience that our own control can never produce as an end product the fruit of these immortal characteristics. Indeed, casting our cares on Him is simply recommitting the control of our lives to the One Who in Whom it is due for only He can carry the burden. Thank you again for your words, they are a blessing and much appreciated. Be safe and God bless.

  2. Ermias Abate January 29, 2015 at 12:47 am Reply

    I think I might have discovered a wonderful thing in the beginning of 2015, your blog. Great message! God bless you. Until monday!

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