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.

Acts 9:21 Noticed Change

“All those who heard him were astonished and asked, Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Acts 9:21

Saul had been set out to destroy all the Christians in Damascus, yet, God had other plans for him. Once God got his attention and he had a direct confrontation with Jesus, Saul was changed. He immediately set to work for Jesus. He did so with such enthusiasm that the people noticed there was something different about him. Saul did not do it in secret. As zealous as he was against Jesus, he was now zealous for Jesus.

Often when people give their lives to Jesus, they are doing it just in word. They do not have actions to follow-up what their words are saying. Many people are active Christians just on Sunday or when around the pastor. There is no real change in their lives.

Do not be the type of person who holds their Christian belief as something personal and just for yourself. Being a Christian is not a private thing. Jesus was very public about who He was. The disciples were very public about who Jesus was.

When you come to Jesus, there should be such a change in your life that people who knew you before will notice it. You must become a new creation in Jesus. This new creation is a new person.

You need to become a person who is sold out to Jesus and wants everyone else to be sold out also. Make a public proclamation about who Jesus is and what He has done for you. Do it loud enough that people will know that there has been a change in you.

Have the people start asking the questions about your life. When they do that it opens the door for you to tell them about Jesus. Make a difference in this world by telling others about Jesus. Do it so much that the world will want to get rid of you. See what God can do through you.

I pray today that Jesus will be a part of every area of your life; that you will live for Jesus so much that the world will notice; that Jesus will change you from the inside out; that Jesus will give you His boldness to be His witness; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through you.

Mark 9:23 If He Can

“If you can? said Jesus. Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

There was a family who had a son that was possessed. The demons would throw the boy into a convulsion and often throwing him into fire or water. The teachers of the Law and the disciples were unable to do anything about it.

The parents decided to bring the boy to Jesus. The father tells Jesus what is happening and how long. Then he makes the statement: “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us”.

Jesus questions the statement “if you can”. It is like the father really does not believe Jesus can do it. It is only a last-ditch effort to find help for his child.

There is not a lot of hope or faith in the statement of “if you can”. True faith will state “you can” and “you will”.

Very often people will make this statement to God. Many will question if God really can help them. People look through their finite eyes at the situation and see it as hopeless. They cannot see a solution to their problem. The wall is too large, even for God.

People will go to God in prayer and make the statement, if you can. They do not really expect God to meet the need.

Yet, Jesus stated that everything is possible for anyone who believes. You need to trust God and believe in His Word. God has stated that He will meet every need that you have. God loves you and will take care of you.

You may not see the way God will meet the need. God may do a miracle and instantly meet the need. Other times, He may meet it through someone else. Yet, other times, He may meet it by bringing you through the situation with strength.

Do not question whether God can meet your need or not. Know that He can. Trust in the way He will choose to meet that need and accept it.

The father, in the next verse, asks Jesus to help His unbelief. He wanted to believe. Do you believe today?

I pray today that God will help you to believe; that you will choose to believe; that you will trust in God’s provision; that you will trust in God’s methods; and that you will have a testimony to share of God meeting your needs.