Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Psalm 8:19
Every day people have things to deal with. There is a job to go to, bills to pay, things to repair, food to purchase and cook, children to take care of, and much more. Each and every one of these things can become a burden to someone who really does not want to do it, or does not know how to carry it.
Carrying something becomes much harder when one does not want to do it, but it is still difficult, even when one wants to deal with it, but does not know how. There are many things in life that are difficult and people don’t know how to deal with it or are just unable to with what they have.
David gives praise to God because he knows that God is carrying his burdens everyday. He encourages others to praise God for the same reason.
Since God is the creator of the universe, there is nothing so heavy or difficult that He cannot carry. He is able to deal with any and every situation that each and every person has, no matter how big it is.
The challenge is that most people do not want to give up their burden. They want to hold it themselves and get crushed under the load. Giving up the burden to God, allows one to really live for God. It releases the pressure and weight upon the person.
When a person no longer has the weight of this world and its struggles, it gives him the ability to praise God more and be His witness to this world. One can begin to sing, shout, and dance before God giving Him praise, because his hands are empty from carrying a heavy load.
Let go of the burdens you are carrying and give them to God to carry. God will give you a light load to carry–live for Him and be His witness as you praise Him.
You do not have to worry about provision or safety or anything else, when you put it all into God’s hands and follow Him. He will take care of you and meet all of your needs in the perfect timing.
The world does not see or know this, so they get crushed under heavy loads. Release it and praise God today for what He is doing for you.
I pray today that God will reveal His strength to you; that you will see God’s provision for your life; that you will trust God with all of your heavy loads; and that you will give God praise for carrying you and your burdens each day.
My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare. Psalm 25:15
When there is a hurricane coming in towards land, most people are focused upon that hurricane, wanting to know where it will hit and how strong it will hit. As they are watching it, they begin to prepare for the strike of that hurricane. All the ‘small’ things in life suddenly take a back burner and are no longer a real concern. Many feel as if they are trapped with no where to go and are just waiting out the destruction.
During times of crisis, people are focused on self preservation. They are seeking ways to survive what is going on and how to get through it.
David had went through many different storms in his life that were set out to destroy him. Men were out to take his life and strived to set up a trap to capture him. Yet, he kept his eyes focused on God, knowing that it was only God who could get him released from the trap set to capture him.
Today the Satan and the world are out to trap the believer. Attacks are set up to destroy him. The problems that a person may encounter appear to be all around, snaring his feet and holding him down. The trap is an attempt to get the believer to deny God and fall into sin.
While it is easy to focus the eyes upon that trap and problems, the believer must focus his eyes and attention upon God, the only one who can release him. God has made a way out of every temptation. He has a path for every believer to make it through the storm or a way to get out of the storm.
To know those paths, one must have his eyes focused upon God and His word alone.
During the times of temptation or struggles that come your way, focus your eyes, all your attention upon God. Do not allow the trap in your path distract you from God.
God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you and get you released from the trap set to destroy you. He is the only One who can overcome what is set up against you. Put your trust in Him alone and see His hand at work in your life.
Where are your eyes focused today?
I pray today that you will be focused upon God; that you will trust God in every situation; that you will allow God to guide your steps; that God will release you from traps set to destroy you; and that you will see God’s hand at work in your life.
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9
Paul opens this second letter to the Corinthian church talking about suffering. The church had probably heard about some of the sufferings he was going through. He wanted to let them know it was true, but it was for a purpose.
A death sentence is a very heavy sentence upon any person. It means that life is going to end. Criminals have been given death sentences for major crimes that they have done. As they are brought down to finalize that sentence, many are unable to walk on their own. It is a great weight to bear and no one wants it.
Very few people will receive a literal death sentence in this life. However, most people will have troubles that feel like a death sentence. Problems in life come up that are so heavy that if feels as if there is no more life left for the person.
These problems can be financial, marital, physical sickness, persecution, or many other things. Many people have felt the pressure of different problems in life so much that they choose to end their life in suicide.
Believers will have many of these problems come up in their life. Often one will wonder why there is such a high level of problems…why if feels like a death sentence upon his life.
The reason for these pressures is to push one towards God, to rely upon God. In himself, one cannot survive the high pressures of a death sentence. The believer cannot survive the attacks of the enemy on his own. He needs God’s strength and power to make it.
God is greater than any death sentence or problem in your life. Jesus beat the greatest problem in life–death. He did die and rose again. God can do the same thing for you.
As long as God has a purpose for you in this life, He will deliver you from the attacks of the enemy. The attacks may be painful and difficult, but you will survive. In the end you will gain eternal life in heaven.
Do not despair under the death sentences that the world is trying to give you, God is on your side. Rely upon His strength and power to overcome that death sentence.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will trust in God’s power in your life; that you will know the reward God has waiting for you; and that God will give you comfort in all of your troubles.