The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. – Nahum 1:7
A man was having critical problems. His wife left him, leaving their three children in his care. He was in the army and his responsibilities were many.
Not only was he doing his work, but he was also the sole caregiver to his children.
He talked with his chaplain who tried to encourage the man to allow God to work in his problems.
But the man continued to say he was going to give up, that he couldn’t do all that was needed.
The chaplain decided to try a show-and-tell lesson.
The chaplain was carrying a briefcase and he asked the man if he would hold it for him because his arm was tired from the load.
The man looked at him rather strangely but he reached out to take the case. However, when he did, the chaplain pulled it back.
He again asked the man to relieve him of his burden and again the man reached for the briefcase, only to have the chaplain pull it back.
Finally, the man told the chaplain that he couldn’t take the case if he wouldn’t give it to him.
Then the chaplain made his point; God wouldn’t take the soldier’s burdens if he wouldn’t hand them over.
Are we ever guilty of doing the same thing?
When our burdens are heavy, do we ask God to help us with them, but then pull them back and take them up once again?
Psalm 55:22 (NIV) gives good advice: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.”
We aren’t promised that God will take our problems away but we are promised that he will uphold us and keep our problems from defeating us.
We have to be willing to let go before God can relieve our burden.
Norma C. Mezoe began writing after a crisis in her life. She has been a published writer for thirty years. Her writing has appeared in books, devotionals, take-home papers, and magazines. She lives in the tiny town of Sandborn, Indiana where she is active in her church as clerk, teacher, and bulletin maker. Contact at: firstname.lastname@example.org