Are you facing a situation that needs to change? It can be burdensome when we put the weight of our problems on our own shoulders. We will find ourselves striving for joy instead of living with joy. God wants you to enjoy the journey. Give your burdens to God.
I felt worn out, exhausted, and defeated, to say the least.
I had given my best to change the situation, but things only looked worse.
We feel the most worn out when we’ve given our best, and that’s exactly what happened to me. I felt burned out because I was carrying the burden of changing my situation and proving myself.
But it was in that moment when God reminded me that it was never my job to prove myself or to change the situation – that was His job.
When we hand our problems to God, the burden comes off of us and onto God. God is more than capable to carry our burdens. In fact, he invites us to give our burdens to him.
Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”
Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean we receive a FastPass ticket to skip through our hardships or speed through trials. Being a Christian means we can go through any trial with joy and strength that comes from God alone. Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”
We become strengthened and filled with God’s joy when we trust that He has the best in store for us and acknowledge His sovereignty. Everyone in the Bible who was in the Lord had to persevere through longsuffering and hardships.
David had to go through 15 years of hiding from King Saul before he became king. Moses had to go through countless trials before Pharoah released the Israelites from captivity. Joseph had to go trials and prison for around 10 years before he was made ruler over Egypt.
How were they all able to persevere through successfully? Because they knew that God was still with them through it all.
Even though Joseph had to go through many hardships, God was still with Joseph. Genesis 39:21 says, “But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love.” God was also with David throughout King Saul’s pursuit of him. 1 Samuel 23:14 says, “…Day after day Saul searched for him, but God did not give David into his hands.” We see God using Moses and fighting on Israelite’s behalf to free them from captivity for His glory. Exodus 14:31 says, “And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.”
Joseph, David, and Moses all trusted that God would take care of them despite the hardships they faced. They didn’t allow their impossible circumstances to shake their faith in God.
What impossible situations are you facing? Will you choose to trust God despite what you see? Will you believe that God is fighting for your good?
Just as God was with those in the Bible, He is also with you through it all.
Exodus 14:14 reminds us, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” God always works for our good, and he will use hardships to perfect our faith and character. We can take joy in trials when we know that in the end, everything will be for our good. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
We can give our best but ultimately the outcome is in God’s hand. When we realize the outcome isn’t on us, it relieves us from the pressures of our circumstances. Only God can change our situation.
God is in control despite what we see. We only need to be obedient to what God is saying and leave the rest to Him. God knows our needs and is more than capable to provide what we need. Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” So remember, give your burdens to God.