DAY 1: TRUST JESUS TO CARRY YOU THROUGH
Its June! The month where we release our burdens to the Lord. The month where we take upon our shields and swords and fight against the wiles of the devil.
One of the enemy’s best tool is worry. He has perfected the act of making us worry to a point of fear. While there are plenty of things that we can choose to worry about, Christ implores us to let him carry those burdens for us instead.
See, we worry about our responsibilities, some of us worry about finances, some worry about their children, others worry about their spouses, others worry about outcomes: How will the kids turn out? What if our loved ones get sick? What if I get sick? Some of us worry about what we will wear and eat.
Whatever the cause, we all can become consumed by the circumstances that we can’t predict or control.
We worry, hoping that worry will somehow change the situation, solve problems, or bring peace in its place. Instead, worry brings us sleepless nights, a heaviness that weighs down our hearts, anxiety, and a bad attitude.
It leaves us functioning at half capacity. Worry does nothing but stop us from making progress on the very issue that we are worried about.
Ultimately, worry leads us down to two things: fear and a lack of trust.
We fear that the future won’t hold what we consider to be good. We fear we won’t get what we want and how we want it. We fear the worst and what that will do to us. We don’t trust that God is making progress on our situation, that He is aware of our difficulties or that He will come through for us.
Fear and a lack of trust cause us to spend our time on “what-if’s”, adding extra steps to our journey, and running after things that make us feel safe and secure, like money, acceptance and approval.
The good news is God doesn’t want us to run after the “what-if’s” swirling around in our heads. He wants us to trust that He will take care of us. He wants us to face the future with confidence. He wants us to laugh at the future because we are so excited for the good things that He has in store.
He created us to walk with the confidence that He is caring for us and holds our future in His hands.
We hear from Christ, that it’s not our job to worry, that it’s not our part to play, not our role in the world and in God’s Kingdom to fret and stress about everything.
He tells us to cast all our cares onto Him because He cares for us. [1st Peter 5:7]
All those things we worry about- not getting married, not having enough money, not having enough security, not being a good parent, fighting our addictions, releasing our idols, fighting illness and disease, eradicating evil and suffering,-become like weights chained to our ankles, if we do not release them.
While it might be that we’re meant to work toward some of these things, we are never meant to carry anxiety about their outcomes. We aren’t built by God to carry those kinds of burdens. And we’re not able to, actually—not without adverse consequences.
But we try to, don’t we? We pick them up all the time, making ourselves prisoners, feeling like every care, every anxiety, is our responsibility. And we convince ourselves, in a strange way, that it’s all good: It feels like duty.
I mean . . . we tell ourselves that the only responsible course is to sweat every problem, to worry about finding solutions to everything, to fret to fix every situation—situations that without us and our efforts, would clearly get out of control.
The fact is, though, our worry doesn’t change anything—not for the better anyway. Worry doesn’t fix. Worry doesn’t heal. Worry doesn’t solve. It just makes us weary. Frustrated. Overwhelmed. Maybe even sick.
Ironically, we try to carry the burdens of the world in order to regain control—as a way to try to limit our pain and fear. But when we shoulder burdens that are not ours to carry—that are too heavy for us to carry as mere men and women—our pain and fear just increase.
So, what do we do? Well, Christ said this: “When you feel inclined to pick up that problem and make it your own, give it right back to Me.” He says He is our navigator, our shepherd, our weight-carrier. He asks us to walk with Him, and that He will tell us the steps to take. He asks us to let Him guide us, as He carries all of these burdens.
So what do we do? We simply give our worry to Him—we release it to one who is built to carry it.
“So here’s what I’ve learned through it all,” wrote King David in Psalm 55, “Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you.”
What are you carrying? What’s become too heavy? What’s grinding you down?
Name them. One by one. And hand them over to Jesus.
My finances. I give it to you, Jesus.
My dating life. I give it to you, Jesus.
My Spouse. I give him/her to you, Jesus.
My family. I give everyone to you, Jesus.
My health. I give it to you, Jesus.
My job. I give it to you, Jesus.
My relationships. I give them to you, Jesus.
My decisions. I surrender them to you, Jesus.
This country. I give everything and everyone to you, Jesus.
The world. I give everything and everyone to you, Jesus.
Anything else? Anyone else? Give everything and everyone to Jesus.
Remember, If you want to make room in your soul for God, you have to let go of all the things that are currently filling your soul. You might be surprised by how much is filling your soul. So we give it all back to Him—we give everyone and everything back to Jesus.
Trust Him with your circumstances. Trust Jesus with your problems. Trust Him with you. Trust Jesus with the world.