“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7
I was exhausted. Too tired to deal with something that in that particular moment was irritating the heck out of me. A nuisance. Just one more thing I didn’t need especially given my fatigue. I had too much responsibility. Didn’t I? I was so weighed down. So worn.
“You’re realizing this responsibility is too much for you to handle by yourself,” the Spirit of God effectively spoke to my heart, though I can’t recall His precise words.
What am I going to do?
Maybe He would tell me I needed to let go of the responsibility. Or that He would send me some people to help me. Or something. Anything to relieve me. Because I couldn’t handle this responsibility! Right?
“It’s too much for you to handle. But not for me,” the Spirit of God essentially said.
And there it was. He wasn’t going to relieve me of the responsibility that seemed too much to bear. He was reminding me once again to not rely on my human frailty but instead on His sovereign and infallible and perfect strength, to not put my trust in myself nor in others, but to put my trust wholly in Him, to trust Him to provide His strength and everything else I needed to fulfill the responsibility He was allowing me to continue to have.
Is there something or someone in your life that just feels like too much to bear? No matter how much you cry out to the Lord to lessen your load or to relieve you entirely of your responsibility, do you feel like He’s not hearing your cries and refusing to answer? Is it possible He is allowing you to go through this to teach you to put your trust wholly in Him, not to depend on yourself but on Him, to surrender everything to Him, to live in His strength not yours, to not put your expectation in others nor even in yourself, but to look to Him at all times, seeking what you need from Him, relying on Him to provide what you need for whatever He is allowing you to go through, so that ultimately He has brought you closer to Himself, and to a deeper dependence on Him, and to a closer relationship with Him, all the while conforming you more and more to Himself, refining you, purifying you, and so that instead of patting yourself on the back for the good job you’ve done, you remember that He is worthy of all the praise, honor, and glory due His most precious name, so that in and through it all you will bring Him glory?
Long ago, I memorized the Bible verse above. It has always stuck with me. It reminds me nothing and nobody on this earth, no matter how strong or reliable or trustworthy it or the person may seem, including ourselves, compares with the one in whom we should place the fullness of our trust, the one whose love, mercy, and strength are forevermore, the one who is King of King and Lord of Lords, the one who is deserving of all love and honor, of our obedience and reverence, the one who no matter the weight of our responsibilities, will comfort and carry us, lead and direct us, guide and provide for us, love and bless us, teach and grow us, and prepare us for forever with Him, the Lord!
If you are a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, this message is for you. If you are not yet His follower, may this very hour you take the opportunity to repent of your sins and place your faith, your trust, your very heart and life forever in the hands of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, and come along with His other followers on this journey of following Christ Jesus who is Lord, and of learning day by day, breath by breath, step by step, how to live in His love and in His strength, by His grace and His blessed mercy, with your trust moment by moment being placed in His everlasting gracious arms. Oh, to the Lord be the glory! To the Lord be the glory! Hallelujah, to the King of Kings be all the glory! Amen!