Sometimes we think that we can plan and control every facet of our lives and then realize that it’s too much for us to handle. Are you anxious and feeling the heaviness of the challenge you’re facing? You might be in a financial crisis, or feeling like a relationship has lost its zing, or maybe you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one.
No matter the circumstance, it can begin to feel like it is overwhelming. Is it because you have yet to place that burden on God’s big shoulders?
God’s Big Shoulders
Throughout the Bible, God implores us to believe that He loves us so much that He wants to handle every difficulty that we face. No matter how small or how large the issue is, He is always present to deal with it. But sometimes we forget.
We forget that He’s there– walking through life with us to give us guidance.
Your own ears will hear Him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. ~ Isaiah 30:21 NLT
We forget that He loves us with a no-matter-what kind of love.
[Jesus said], “You love them as much as you love me.” ~ John 17:23 NLT
We forget that He does not condemn us.
For I will be merciful to their wrongdoing, and I will never again remember their sins. ~ Hebrews 8:12 HCSB
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. ~ Romans 8:1 NLT
We forget that He never runs out of good gifts to give us after we’ve seen how He has already abundantly supplied for others.
Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us. ~ Ephesians 3:20
Our forgetfulness can get us in over our heads, causing us to feel overloaded with despair!
The Simple Solution
The solution is simple yet not always easy to implement:
Remember He wants you to rely on Him, to rest in Him, and not rely only on your self-efforts to change your circumstances.
For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works. ~ Hebrews 4:10 NASB
Remember He is right there with you, loving you , not condemning you. And then, make a decision to throw your problems onto God’s big shoulders.
Throw your burden upon the LORD, and he will sustain you. He will never allow the godly to be upended. ~ Psalm 55:22 NET
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ~ 1 Peter 5:7 NIV
Be sure not to let your struggle be the thing you talk about the most. What you frequently think about and talk about will the thing that expands and manifests in your life.
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For as he thinks within himself, so he is. Proverbs 23:7 NASB
Most importantly, don’t let your struggle become an idol– the thing that gets your frequent focus and attention. That’s God’s place!
Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)—[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be). ~ 1 John 5:21 AMPC
Offering those shoulders is just one way He shows you that He loves you. No matter what struggle you’re embroiled in, rest assured, God’s big shoulders are strong and broad enough for it.
Will you throw your burden onto Him?