Today I will begin a series on burdens and struggles we face in life. It is important that we remember what The Cross stands for and what it can still do in our lives even after we have accepted Christ.
Focus Scripture: Luke 12: 22-26
Scripture Text: “Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
In this scripture, Jesus is speaking in order to encourage his disciples that their fears and worries can be taken care of if then entrust them to God. God is like a magnet, He draws us in to Him. No matter how far away we may think we are, God is already there waiting for us. It is important that we remember that no matter how far we run and no matter how low we hide, God can reach us. Likewise, no matter how far down we feel and no matter how “lost” we feel our situations are, God can help us fix it if we trust Him.
In this excerpt, Christ uses the example of the raven. Look at the raven. It lives outside in the harshest conditions. It must hunt and scavenge for food. It also has no shelter and since it cannot speak, there is nobody to hear its plight. That speaks volumes. Christ says not only does God feed them, but that we are more valuable then the raven. We are God’s most prized creation. We were created with love and are loved beyond comprehension.
This week’s post is based solely on worry. The question you must ask yourself is this: how many positive outcomes have I experienced from worrying? How much closer have you gotten to the solution of your problems by worrying? Worrying is a negative action. Think of worry as quicksand. The more you worry (or move), the deeper you sink. But if you were to relax in quicksand, your body would float back to the top.
Our Christian life is the same. We get caught in our worries and stresses and sink further and further from our relationship with God. We get so caught up in our worry that we often use it as a barrier to keep God away. Worry is very much a barrier. It clouds our mind, our heart, and our emotion and takes our focus away from God. Our mind focuses on hypothetical falsehoods that become what we deem “truth”. What we need to focus on during these times is God’s Truth, God’s Promises, and God’s Love.
Jesus said Himself that we have more value than a bird that is cared for and supplied for by God. The examples could go on forever. In the following verse, Jesus talks about the beauty of flowers that God creates that surpass Solomon’s splendor. (12:27). The majority of flowers are seasonal meaning they can only survive in specific conditions that occur for a brief period of time. For God to pay that much attention to bringing beauty to flowers year after year for a small time period, surely, He is capable of helping us during the brief trials in our lives.
I’ve heard the New Covenant described in a lot of ways. But I think about the New Covenant as a reminder. A reminder that we cannot get through this life on our own. We cannot face our struggles, our failures, and our burdens alone. God realized that, manifested Himself in the flesh, and took the stress of these events away as long as we trust in Him.
Time and time again in the Old and New Testaments, God is faithful to those who seek Him. In John 14:6, Jesus says:”I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
How does one come to God with their burdens? You have to come to the Cross. You have to accept that Jesus died and bled for our sin, our failures, and our struggles. The Bible never once says that becoming a Christian would make things easier. In fact, it becomes harder. Accepting Christ means we make a commitment to live as He taught. We, as flawed man, cannot possibly live a pure and perfectly Christian life. We need that sacrifice Jesus made to pay for our sins. But when we seek God and give Him complete control of our lives, He can do wonderful things to help us in our troubled walk.
Don’t be the driver of your life. Don’t even call shotgun in your life’s car. Let God take the wheel and take you where He wants you to go. It may get rough and the road may not always be smooth, but God will help you through it as long as you remember He is always with you.
Reflective Scripture: Psalm 139