In my devotional today the question was posed as this: Do we consider God and his ways to be weighing us down or lightening our load in life? That is an absolute great question that needs an honest answer whether we are considering having a relationship with him or if we have had a rocky road in Christianity.
In the Book of Psalms there is a constant lament over whether God has abandoned his people and whether or not he will serve justice on their oppressors. Also, are you listening God, do you hear us and are you for us? Lots of the same questions we ask today. Consider this from Psalm 103:2-6:
Praise the Lord O my soul, and forget not his benefits - who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. The Lord works righteousness and justice for the oppressed.
That should answer that question emphatically. In my life I still have back issues, the drop foot kicks in every now and then, I had COVID in the hospital but God has healed me from addiction, brought me alive out of that hospital, comforted my soul in grief and brought me back from certain death in many other situations. Some things are not always healed because they may be there to serve a point, some questions may remain because we are not God and do not know everything about him. Adam and Eve tried to know and failed.
Here's what that scripture tells us as well as Matthew 11, my yoke is easy and my burden is light. God has no desire to weigh us down, only to lighten this heavy load we often put upon ourselves in life by our choices. His plan is for us to succeed.
That bad back may be there to keep me from running myself in the ground as I always tend to do. But he has lifted me out of that slimy pit and put my foot on a solid rock and he will do the same for you.
Stop trying to figure everything out, let go of that load, just praise the Lord and watch what happens!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.