“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you.” Psalm 55:22
[Note: Forgive me for the time lapse between posts. Family concerns, travels, and unexpected events in life happen..so I frequently find writing and sharing more challenging, and time, too fleeting. I admire others, many of you, who blog much more consistently than I. I aspire to be more consistent.]
Today’s verse is among my many favourites. I’ve written about this before, but what I really want to do is, APPLY it. Spurgeon reminds us that, in our failure to cast our cares on Jesus, we are prone to sin. We neglect to trust our Lord, the One who carries our burdens, our diseases, sicknesses, and sins. We deceive ourselves, thinking our Lord is possibly uninterested, unable, or unaffected by our cares…none of which is true! This errant thinking can lead to personal striving, anxiety, and distance from our Beloved. Spurgeon writes:
“Care, even though exercised on legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin….the very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting of ourselves into His place to do for Him what He has undertaken to do for us.
We attempt to think of that which we imagine He will forget.
“..anxious care often leads to acts of sin. He who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God’s hand, but will carry his own burden, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself. This sin leads to a forsaking of God as our Counselor, resorting instead to human wisdom.
“Anxiety makes us doubt God’s lovingkindness, and thus our love for Him grows cold. We feel mistrust, and grieve the Spirit of God, so that our prayers become hindered, our consistent example marred, and our lives ones of self-seeking. This lack of confidence in God leads us to wander far from Him;
“but, if through simple faith in His promise, we cast each burden as it comes upon Him, and are “anxious for nothing” (Phil. 4:6) because He undertakes to care for us, it will keep us close to Him and strengthen us against much temptation.”
“Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee; because He trusts in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3