Catch it! - Hope 103.2

Catch it!

By David ReayMonday 4 May 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read 1 Peter 5:7

1 You can throw the whole weight of your anxieties upon him,for you are his personal concern. (JBP)

Imagine yourself carrying a heavy load that is becoming unbearable. You long to give it over to someone else. That someone else may shake their head in refusal: they have enough load of their own to bear. Or they may be simply preoccupied with their own activities that they don’t even see you need help. Of course they might give you a bit of a lecture about self-reliance and the need to look after yourself so that load is your problem and not their own.

This text reminds us that our God is not like any of these. He can carry our burdens: he doesn’t get overloaded. Nor is he preoccupied with world peace or poverty or the goings on of the great ones that he cannot condescend to help us. And our God certainly doesn’t sternly tell us we have to do it all on our own.

We certainly can’t simply hand life over to him and tell him to live it for us and become piously passive. But we can fling on him all that we can’t handle. He is a good ‘catcher’. He won’t drop what we give to him and he is always willing to catch what we cast his way.

Having given our unbearable burdens to him,he will only give us back what we can bear. We don’t throw up our hands and ask him to do what we are enabled by him to do. We rather give to him what is not ours to bear,namely our anxieties about what we are to do.

Why cling to what burdens us when we have the open arms of God ready to catch what we are in danger of dropping?

David Reay

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