Thursday, April 17, 2014

letting go

Give your burdens to the Lord,

     & He will take care of you.

He will not permit the godly to slip & fall. Psalm 55:22 (NLT !st ed.)

Cast your cares on the Lord
    and he will sustain you;

he will never let the righteous be shaken. (NIV)

Cast your burden on the Lord,

    and he will sustain you;
he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (ESV)

Give your worries to the Lord,

    and he will care for you.

He will never let those who are good be defeated.

Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders;
    he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.

He’ll never let good people topple into ruin. (The Message)

Cast your burden upon the Lord

    and He will sustain you;

He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Cast your burden on the Lord [releasing the weight of it]

     and He will sustain you;

He will never allow the [consistently] righteous to be moved (made to slip, fall, or fail).

Cast your troubles upon the Eternal;

    His care is unceasing!

He will not allow His righteous to be shaken. (The Voice)

These various translations say the same thing, in similar ways...

We've all got "burdens" & "troubles"

     we all know what means,

      we all know what they are

      they're different things for every one of us,

      but we've all got them - some more than others.

We ALL hold on to them, & try to carry them, & figure them out, fix them, or take care of them, BY OURSELVES.

But this says we should release control of these burdens & give them to God & let Him handle them.

And it goes on to say that God will give us strength to endure in the face of these burdens...

     iow, He's gonna prop us up as we deal with them.

And furthermore, He's not gonna let any of us, individually, be overwhelmed by this stuff.

Now, let that sink in...

Now, ask yourself, "how often do I do this?"

If you're like me, not often enough.

Well, if I was truthful... sometimes it feel like I don't do it at all.

Here is a promise that we just don't accept,

     and this isn't the only time this thinking is presented in the Bible.

Why don't we?

I think part of it is a control issue.

It also may be an extension of the thought "God helps those who help themselves" (which isn't in the Bible, btw)

I think it's also a trust issue thing - I don't think we REALLY trust Him to come through for us.


Today, let's try something....

When any (or all) of those things that weight us down, worry us, our trouble us,

     when we are faces with those things that just run us crazy today...

Let's just talk to God & tell Him we want to give this to Him, so would He help us let go of it & trust Him with it..

And let's see what happens just today...

What have we got to lose?

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