Saturday, November 5, 2011

#89 Managing the Load

Matthew 11:30 NKJV "For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Moving has to be one of the most dreaded tasks that mankind has to encounter. The task of loading up all your stuff, taking it across town or across the country, then unloading, sorting, and putting away all that stuff at the new place can make for some tiring, cumbersome work.

As a pastoral family we have to experience that wonderful task more often than many families, but the great blessing associated with moving as a pastoral family is the church families who are so graciously willing to help with the task. Our experience has been one of great blessing as it realtes to moving because of the outpouring of support from our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Of course every time you move there are always items you dread the most. Pianos and washing machines come to the forefront of my mind when I think about moving. But again, having people who are willing to help even makes pianos and refrigerators manageable because many hands are sharing the burden. I praise God and thank His people for the help we have been given at each move.

Although moving is a daunting task in many reagards, managing the everyday loads of life can seem even more overwhelming. Unlike moving a piano that's over relatively quickly, some of the emotional and physical burdens that we bear face us each day of our lives, and they can cause us to feel like we are trapped with no way out. But God has promised us that He will never allow us to bear more than we are able without giving us a way of escape (1 Cor 10:13). Basically, that means that when temptation or trials come our way God will give us strength that we do not have on our own.

But receiving this divine strength does not happen on our own; we must ask for it. Jesus promised us that if we ask anything according to His will then it shall be done (John 14:14). So all you and I have to do is ask and Jesus will take away the weight of our burdens. No, it does not mean that we will not face any trials or that trouble will not come near us. It means that when we face trials and have trouble that we do not have to face it on our own. We can lean on and trust in Jesus because He alone is able to help us manage the loads we carry in this life.

Are you carrying a load today that you need help with? Are you feeling weighed down with the trials of this life? Why not claim the promises of God and lean fully on Him for your source of strength and encouragement? Why not take on his yoke and His burden for He promises that they are light and very manageable. It is my prayer that as each of you face trials that you will let our loving, Creator God carry you through each situation. If we can learn to trust Him in each trial then He will carry us all the way to glory. He promised to do so.

Dear Father in Heaven,
Today, we praise You for being so good to us. We praise You for the love, mercy, grace, and strength that You provide every day. Please teach us to trust in You for everything; not just the major struggles in life. Please teach us to share You love with the world around us that they too might experience Your saving grace. We praise You and pray these things in Jesus' name, Amen.

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