Living Water Daily Devotional 24-12-18
Monday 24th December 2018
WEIGHT OF BURDENS
Read: Psalm 55:1-23
MEMORISE: My heart is severely pained within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me (Psalm 55:4).
In today’s reading, David was overwhelmed with the weight of external pressures and internal anguish. Burdens come in a variety of emotional, spiritual, and physical forms, but they all come heavy and cause weariness. Every one of us can identify with David desire to fly away and be at rest (line 6). Some of the loads we carry are not part of God’s plan for us. We lug around the guilt that lingers even after confession of sin. Also, we try to function while carrying worry of what future holds about, as if the future belongs to us. Then we top it off with little bitterness and forgiving attitude because life has not been fair. These burdens are not from and of the Lord, and He would not help you carry what He has told you to release.
Other burdens, however, are entrusted by God. He gives us responsibilities, which can weigh us down, and He sometimes allows rational difficulties that tear our hearts. And when such problems and trials are persistent, they can drain our vitality and threaten to overwhelm us. But remember, every circumstance in life is lovingly sifted through the Lord’s fingers before reaching us. From perspective, those things that are too heavy for us are opportunities to depend solely upon Him. God never intends any of His children to carry a burden without His help. He says to give it to Him (line 22) and promises to sustain us.
As you go out today, remember that casting your cares upon God means releasing them fully into His control. You will no longer be free to manage and manipulate the situation toward your desired outcome, but the freedom Christ offers, will release you from the burden’s weight. He will sustain you with His peace as you trust Him today and always.
1. Every load of sin, worries of life, passion for material accumulations etc., get off my neck today, in Jesus’ name.
2. I cast all my burdens on You, O Lord. I rest on Your grace and power.
3. Lord, sustain everyone who is groaning under the burden of sin, now, in Jesus’ name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Zephaniah 3 & Haggai 1 -2