Firefighters Are you carrying a heavy burden?

Too Heavy a Burden…

In our lives, we have all reached a point where we have felt the weight upon our shoulders is too much to bear. Maybe you are at such a point in your life right now? The voice in your head is saying “If one more thing happens I will not be able to stand.”

Each daily stress and burden seems to pile on top of the other. We become overwhelmed and unable to solve one problem without another one showing up. The pressure builds to a breaking point…

Have you ever prayed something like this?

“My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night I find no rest.” (Psalm 23:2)

Answers that we often seek are sometimes often overlooked because our perspective is clouded by pain. We cannot see anything positive or worthwhile because our focus is in an ever diminishing circle. I have been there and I am guilty of falling down in the depths of worry.

God doesn’t want you to dwell in the depths of your despair. There is a time for mourning. There is a time for tears and sadness but it is not meant to be your permanent address.

God’s hope and plan for you is to know the peace that comes from Him. Maybe, you have heard this before and said “they are crazy and there is no way anyone can be at peace if they are going through what I am right now!”

The verse you read is from the Psalms. It is the scripture that Jesus quoted while dying on a cross “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1). If you believe that you are alone and there is no hope take a moment and read the words of Isaiah:

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by His wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)

For our sake, Jesus was alone. For our sake Jesus took our burdens. For our sake Jesus bore the weight of our sin that He knew we could never bear.

What does this mean? God, out of His great love for us, put the punishment upon His only Son Jesus so that we would not have to suffer. We may suffer the trials of this world but they are not meant to destroy us, cause us to be bitter, or go through them alone. God has already paid a price for these things so that we may come to him and “Cast our anxieties upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

This is the friend you have always wanted. One who will never “leave nor forsake you”. The friend who always answers their phone, always listens, and always comforts you in your troubles. This friend is like none other and His name is Jesus Christ. Do you know Him?

Many have read about him but don’t know Him personally. God’s word says “A broken and contrite heart he will not despise”. If you have come to a place of brokenness and feel there is no one to turn to let me assure you there is one who you can. Take a moment and let the cries of your heart be heard. Ask Jesus to heal you today.

My prayer for you is that you would seek Him in your heart.

God Bless,

Andy J. Starnes

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