Micah 6:3 What Has God Done?

Heavy load

“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me. Micah 6:3 

It is often heard of bosses who place heavy burdens upon their workers. They will have one worker who is very good at following orders all the time, so the boss will load an overload of work upon him. It will often be more than should be expected or was agreed upon in the hiring process.

This can be done to lightened the head manager’s workload. Or it can be done to shirk responsibility, or to take advantage of someone’s work ethic. Regardless of why it is done, it often makes the work of the worker very difficult.

God asks the people the question of how He has been a burden to them. God expected an answer.

Many people feel as though God asks too much of them. They feel as though what God is asking of them is a heavy and difficult burden.

The burden that God puts upon all who follow Him is actually very light. All He requires is that people love Him with everything in them, obey Him, and love everyone else.

People often get hung up on the ‘obey’ part. They say that there are too many rules. There are not that many rules, if fact, only two–love God and love others.

For both of these rules God also gives one His Holy Spirit to guide him and give him strength to accomplish what needs to be done to obey God and love others. All loving others comes down to is being a witness of who Jesus is in whatever method is available at the moment–speaking, helping, guiding, loving, correcting etc.

God does not put a heavy burden upon His people. People make it heavy, so they can’t do it or won’t do it.

There may be times when you feel God is giving you a heavy burden, more than you can handle. That is good, now release yourself to God and allow Him to work through you to accomplish that burden. Lean on His strength to do what needs to be done.

Everyday work on the job Jesus started–to seek and save those who are lost. As you do God’s work, you will find fulfillment, strength and rest. God will meet all of your needs. God’s work is not a heavy burden, but a fulfilling one as you see others come to Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the work God as for you to do; that you will rely upon God’s Holy Spirit to give you wisdom, direction, strength and rest; and that you will do the light work God has called you to do.

Job 7:20 Blaming God And Self

Cloudy road

If I have sinned, what have I done to you, you who see everything we do? Why have you made me your target? Have I become a burden to you? Job 7:20 

When things go wrong in life, people want to find out why they went wrong. They want a reason as to why something had occurred so they can avoid it the next time.

If the cause of the problems was being on the wrong side of town, they will begin to avoid that side of town. If the cause was from a person, then they will avoid that person.

However, often the cause cannot be directly seen. Then people will begin to blame themselves or God.

As Job was going through an extreme amount of suffering, he was trying to understand why it was happening. He questioned God in wondering if he had sinned in some way or not to bring on the suffering. He also wondered if he had become a burden to God and God was trying to get rid of him.

Just like Job, people today will ask those same questions. Neither Job, nor people today, see the bigger picture. They could not see that the cause of the suffering was neither their sin, nor God wanting to get rid of them. Seeing the larger picture reveals it was Satan causing the suffering, and God allowing it to prove Job was faithful.

God’s ways are far above the ways  and thinking of any man. No one can fully understand them. People are not supposed to lean on their own understanding, but to trust God.

Rather than blame self or God, one must accept and trust God’s ways. Examine self for sin, but then repent and know that those sins are now gone and are no longer a factor in suffering.

Instead of blaming God or yourself for the suffering you are going through, trust in God and give Him praise that He knows what is best for you. Praise Him that He is with you throughout the time of suffering and has eternal life waiting for you in the end.

God’s love and mercy is greater than you or any sin you have done. Once you have repented of your sins, they are gone and God no longer holds them against you.

Now trust Him, instead of blaming self or Him for the suffering you are going through.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s forgiveness He offers; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that God will reveal His presence in your life. 

Lamentations 1:14 A Heavy Weight

“My sins have been bound into a yoke; by his hands they were woven together. They have been hung on my neck, and the Lord has sapped my strength. He has given me into the hands of those I cannot withstand.” Lamentations 1:14

During the time of the Babylonian takeover of Jerusalem, the people were under much suffering. The Babylonians did not treat them well, though they did allow them to live. The city had been destroyed and the people were in great misery. As Jeremiah sees this, he is weeping, lamenting, because he feels the weight of all the sin that brought on this destruction.

Sin is something that looks and sounds like fun, but it carries a heavy weight to it. People often think that they can handle their own sin, especially those ‘little’ sins.

It is commonly thought that what does it matter if one tells a little lie? Or if one cheats his neighbor a little bit? Or if one just breaks a little rule once in a while? It really does not affect anyone is what most think. And besides, God will understand.

The truth is that any sin, big or small, has a weight that no one can really bear up under. That weight is the weight of death. It will take away all strength from a person, pulling their head down to the grave as though a millstone was hung on his neck. It is bound tight to the person’s neck as a yoke is placed on an animal, that only the master can remove.

Jeremiah had faithfully followed God, but was feeling the weight of the sins of the people. All those sins took a toll on his body and zapped all of his strength.

Even today, if you live in sin, it will take your strength away from you. You will be constantly looking over your back to see if you will be caught in that sin. Fear will keep you awake through the night because death will be knocking on your door. The weight will be more than you can handle.

The good news is that you do not have to bear that weight any more. You can hand it over to Jesus. Turn from the sin and He will get rid of it. He paid the price of death for your sin.

As you turn from your own sin, weep for the sins of others. Lead others to Jesus to get rid of that enormous weight.

I pray today that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will know the freedom Jesus can give you from your sin; and that you will tell others about Jesus.