Merry Christmas and Happy new year to you and yours 🙂
I just wanted to share these words from Oswald C. They really got me thinking!
It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.
“God never hurries. There are no deadlines against which he must work. Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves.”
~ A.W. Tozer
Originally posted by Josh!
Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Too often we see God’s children “moved” by the burdens and trials of this world! Too often Christians live in fear, shame, regret, pain, and all manner of doubts and anxieties when we are given such wonderful promises against them as in this verse!
Perhaps you are now walking through the valley of the shadow of death this very moment. I do not wish to make little of your struggles and I definitely do not wish to speak as if they are not difficult or that I myself know what it is like. There are many who have gone through valleys far deeper than I have and I pray God’s grace to guide you through them. But I am not speaking from my own experience or strength; I wish to point you to God’s living, powerful, and true Word!
To say we should not mourn or feel pain is absurd and unbiblical. Many of God’s saints have felt the deepest losses in this life and Jesus Himself wept along with many of God’s faithful servants. Think of Job after his entire family save his wife was torn from him along with his possessions and health. Think of the many saints and prophets who lived in poverty, suffering, and loss for the cause of their God. And, of course, our Savior in bearing the weight of the sin of the world and wrath of God for us. When we consider them in our grief we find ourselves in good company, do we not? Though it is difficult now it is, as Paul puts it, “not worthy to be compared with the glory” we receive as Christ’s people who suffer in the path of obedience. Though this valley can feel like the end we must remember it will one day end when we are called home and brought by our Savior to Mt Zion. And to be with Christ forever far outweighs the bitterest sorrows of this life!
But what happens when we don’t feel this truth to be relevant in our current trial? What do we do when our hearts are overwhelmed and the valley seems too dark and deep? What happens when God’s promises don’t seem to sway our emotions and bring us joy? We cry out! We lift our voices to our Good Shepherd and we don’t trust our doubts and fears! We must doubt our doubts before we doubt our Lord! Maybe you are there now. Please, dear child of God, cast your burdens on the Lord in faith! Trust Him with it all! He will sustain you! It is His promise not mine! Do you feel moved as if your heart and soul dangle over Hell itself and Heaven seems to be a distant blurry vision? Do not trust your feelings. Our hearts are deceitfully wicked (Jer. 17:9) so go to the One Who is greater than our hearts when it condemns us (1 John 3:20). We cannot do it on our own! We will be moved if we do not trust the Lord! These giants are too big for us without God’s help! Don’t be ashamed to admit your weakness to God! We must lay aside our pride and fall into His “everlasting arms” (Deut.33:27) Find rest in Him today, after all true rest is only in Christ!
Lord, You say we can cast all our cares upon You, for You care for us (1 Peter 5:7)! You also said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” May we truly come to You, abandoning trust in our own strength and relying solely on Yours! Teach us to trust and rest in You that when trials come we know where to run to find shelter! You are our Strong Tower, our Deliverer, and our Good Shepherd! Thank You for the shelter we have in You! Amen!