Thursday, May 16, 2013

Upended?



"Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you;
He will never let the righteous fall."
Psalm 5:22

Here's an excerpt from C.H. Spurgeon's devotional book, "Morning and Evening:  Daily Readings" . . . 

Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin.  The precept to avoid anxious care is earnestly inculcated by our Saviour, again and again...the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting ourselves into His place to do for Him that which He has undertaken to for us.

We attempt to think of that which we fancy He will forget;
we labour to take upon ourselves our weary burden , as if He were unable or unwilling to take it for us.

...Anxious care often leads to acts of sin.  He who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God's hand, but will carry his own burden, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself....

Anxiety makes us doubt God's lovingkindness, and thus our love to Him grows cold;
we feel mistrust, and thus grieve the Spirit of God,
so our prayers become hindered, our consistent example marred, and our life one of self-seeking.

Thus want of confidence in God leads us to wander far from Him;
but if through simple faith in His promise, we cast each burden as it comes upon Him...
it will keep us close to Him,
and strengthen us against much temptation.
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee
because he trusteth in Thee"

Beth Moore recently shared this devotional thought in her blog, along with this addition....

"THROW YOUR BURDEN UPON THE LORD, AND HE WILL SUSTAIN YOU.
HE WILL NEVER ALLOW THE GODLY TO BE UPENDED."
Ps. 55:22 (NET translation)

A friend of mine sent me a copy of this blog entry and I have been carrying it with me for - let's see - over  10 weeks.  Now I'm sharing some of it with you - along with a prayer from my heart...

Oh Father - You see.  You know.  You get what we are walking through.  You long for us to have light burdens - not because we are in denial - but because we fully lean in to You - we fully throw our burdens to You to carry. You catch them and hold them and reveal Yourself in the middle of them.
My heart feels very heavy right now over someone that doesn't think You are moving fast enough on behalf of their situation.  Help them, Father, to KNOW that YOU KNOW and YOU ARE ACTIVE in that circumstance even when we can't see You.  
Thank You.  I pray because of Jesus -   Amen.  




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