‘Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.’ Psalm 55:22 (NLT)
Burdens are the things that weigh us down. The things that make us feel down and depressed. The things that make us lack confidence, lack happiness and lack understanding of our lives. The things that make us literally not know what to do or how to cope.
The problem with these ‘burdens’ is that although they are the very things that we may want God to so desperately fix, they can also be the very things that stop us from hearing God, from trusting God, from identifying ourselves in him and submitting to him completely. For example, you may be asking God to free you from issues of insecurity and low self-esteem, which are stopping you from understanding that God has made you wonderfully in his image and that you have no reason to feel like you are lacking anything. This then may be why you don’t know God has made you uniquely and given you a divine purpose, glorifying his name, which only you specifically can fulfil; meaning your insecurity is stopping you from living for God to the true extent you are able to.
Where am I going with this exactly? Well, the example that I have used shows the strength of our burdens over our spiritual lives and how important it is to not be controlled and limited by them. As much as you may be asking God to free you from different situations and to break you free from different chains, we have to learn how to truly submit our burdens to God before he can completely have his way in our lives. We can’t try and fix our problems for ourselves whilst asking God to also fix it, as this is counterproductive in many ways. For example, I have always struggled with low self-esteem and not knowing my self worth. I used to beg God to free me, to make me confident and to make me love myself. Yet at the same time I was trying to fix myself too; I tried to please the people around me thinking that if everyone liked me I would suddenly like myself. Yet I was handling everything the wrong way and ended up feeling lower about myself than ever before. Metaphorically, I was asking God to carry something for me that I wasn’t letting go of, stopping God from lifting the burden of low self-esteem from me. Not only this, but I was also showing God that I didn’t have the faith that he could heal me. I was showing God that I didn’t truly believe he could fix what I believed was unfixable or that he was a God capable of things that to man, are impossible.
The bible tells us that faith alone makes God move: ‘He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”’ Matthew 17:20 (NIV)
Whilst the bible also states over and over that God can do all things: ‘Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”’ Matthew 19:26 (NIV)
So imagine the impact God will be able to have on your life if you truly believe in these scriptures?
If you truly want God to release you from whatever it is that you need him to free you from, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, financial woes, addictions, ungodly habits or negative future prospects, whatever it is, you have to show God that even though you don’t know how he will fix it all for you, you KNOW he can and you KNOW he will. Let go of your issues, stop thinking about how to fix it on your own and release them onto God for him to free you from. Let go and let God. Trust me, when you do this, you will truly see changes in your life in due time. Years ago if someone told me I would have the confidence and boldness to release a blog to try and lead others to God, I would have laughed and insisted it would never happen, now look at me! No, I am not saying that I am now 100% confident and never doubt my worth, but when I stopped trying to fix myself, I let God begin to fix me and show me my worth. When I finally let go of my burdens and let God take control of them, he led me to the right people, the right scriptures, the right seminars and the spiritual encounters that I needed to begin to be freed from the insecurity, low self-esteem and negative self image that burdened me for a lot of my youth. So let go and let God, allow God to carry your burdens for you and allow him to begin to free you from your burdens, starting from today.
Further scriptures you can refer to:
‘He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”’ Psalm 46: 10 (NIV)
‘Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.’ Isaiah 65: 24 (NIV)
‘The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 8 For you, Lord, have delivered me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, 9 that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living.’ Psalm 116: 6-9 (NIV)