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Letting it go

“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain you, He shall never allow the righteous to be moved” (Ps. 55:22).

This is a most welcome offer. Most powerful people don’t want you around when you have issues, because you’re a drain, a liability. They only want winners. Jesus, however, is very different: He wants you around and is not put off by the baggage you are carrying. He said it is the sick that need a physician, not those who are all perfect.

Pulling burdens around is certainly a lot of work. It’s hard for a small car to pull a trailer. It’s not happy about it and it takes a lot more gas. I once had a mini car, a Suzuki Swift with only a 1.3 engine, and I would sometimes pull my boat with it. I probably shouldn’t have, because it was too much for the car.

There are burdens God never intended we carry around, yet we do. The above verse says we can give the burdens to the Lord, and then He in response will take them and sustain us. If we do something, He will do something. The sustaining happens when I give it up.

It seems like He often does nothing with our burdens, but that’s usually because He doesn’t have them, we do. Once He truly has our burdens, it’s amazing what happens to them. Paul said “…He is able to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him...” (2 Tim. 1:12).  He only keeps what I’ve committed to Him, not what I haven’t committed. If I still have it, it’s not His; if He has it, it’s not mine. 

I suppose we hold on to the heavy weights because we’re trying to be responsible and maybe grew up as a child believing we had to fix everything, even problems that weren’t ours. Or we may not be sure that He will really do anything about them if we give up. We’re not sure He will catch us if we jump. We should lay that fear to rest and not have any hesitancy about trusting Him absolutely, since He’s the One making the invitation.  

Peter says “Casting all your care on Him for He careth for you” (1 Pet. 5:7).  It’s okay to do the committing because He will do the caring.

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us…”  

"Ask and it shall be given you..."  (Mt. 7:7)