By Georgia (Jo) Kent
“Cast your burden on the Lord, releasing the weight of it, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the consistently righteous to be moved, made to slip, fall or fail.” Psalm 55: 22
We have all been battered, bruised and scarred by life. So many of us are battle worn and weary from carrying our own burdens for far too long. Many of us choose to continue to wallow around in our mire. When we do, we cannot move forward. The mire is always going to be there to take our eyes off of all the goodness our Father has for us. We have a choice; we can either choose to die of a broken heart or choose to live.
“For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” Deuteronomy 20:4
We all have a choice in how we respond to adversity in our life, we can choose to become victims and allow ourselves to become depressed, embittered and angry, or we can choose to be victorious and use the adversity as learning experience that will only make us stronger. Regardless of the adversities that come our way, we have to stand fast in our faith. Satan is there waiting for us to open the door to worry, fear and disbelief, or for us to give up completely.
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
God sees redemptive value in our trials. He uses difficulties to advance our spiritual life and to achieve His great purposes for us. I encourage you to allow adversity to call your faith to action rather then to question it. Rise up, stand boldly and confront that which comes against God’s purposes and plans for us. None of us enjoy trouble, but in this sin filled world, sorrow and hardships are guaranteed. Let us surrender our thinking and ask to have the mind of Christ, who trusted the Father’s ways even unto death on the cross.
Heavenly Father, give us the courage to hold on regardless of what life deals us. Knowing that with you, all things are possible. Not all things happen as we invision them or would choose them to be. We know that whatever happens, it’s only for a season. We ask for your perfect will to be done in our lives. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.