Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:7
Imagine trying to help a child with something you know he is never able to do and then he keeps removing your hand and interfering. Most adults will react in one of the two ways; either beat off the child’s hand or give up in exasperation. The same way it is with God and us. God knows that we are unable to run our lives without making a shipwreck of it. We do not have the necessary information or wisdom that will make us effective and efficient managers of our lives. And so God in His great love and mercies offers to do the job for us. But do we let Him? NO! We prefer to do it ourselves or have a say in it even if it is a pathetic state we always succeed in putting ourselves.
Man from the on-set was not made to work out things for himself. No child is expected to cater for himself; he is made by nature to be dependent on a mother for food and other adults for his needs. As God’s children there is provision in the store room of our Father to meet every of our need and challenge. However, most often, we decide to ignore His outstretched hands and do things our own way. We interfere and then complain and grumble when things flop in our hands. As much as the Father loves us and will like to see us through, when we decide to cater for ourselves, He will never force His help on us.
Most of us choose to bear heavy burdens on our shoulders and carry long faces all day long, when the Lord has clearly enjoined us to cast all our cares on Him. He never told us to share our care with Him neither did He say we should tell Him about them. The scripture clearly says, unload all your burden unto Him, since He is concerned about you. (1 Peter 5:7) (NJB Tell, share or discuss is not what God wants us to do when we come to Him with our needs.)
The Father doesn’t need our contribution in the handling of our cares, burdens, worries and fears. He wants us to unload them all on Him and rest on Him joyfully. Don’t just tell Him about it, and don’t come with the mind of sharing some with Him, rather, he wants all, for He is able to handle all of it and still have space to carry you.
Unload and cast them all on Him today as they present themselves to you. Don’t leave any in your list of worries out; if it gives you concern then, the Father wants to take it from you. To be continued tomorrow!
Is 40: 1-11; Ps 96: 1-2. 3 and 10ac. 11-12. 13 (R. Is 40:9-10); Mt 18: 12-14 ADVENT WEEKDAY/ NICHOLAS, BP
- Thank you Father for Your word today.
- Thank the Lord for His love and concern for you and your family.
- Thank Him for being available at all time to bear and handle your burden.
- Promise Him you will not interfere again.
- Now cast and unload all of them on Him who cares for you.
- Thank God for another opportunity to wait on Him in the forthcoming Fasting and Prayers, starting 6th January, 2017.
Exercise: Encourage someone today in the words of Scripture in 1 Peter 5:7.
Memory Verse: 1 Peter 5:7