Bring Me Your Burdens
For the Lord has heard my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord will answer my prayer. – Psalm 6:8-9 (NLT)
Some people think I am a distant God, cold and uncaring. They trudge through life angry and disgusted with the state of the world. Others believe that I only exist to punish them. They plod along thinking that I am “out to get them.” Yet others don’t even acknowledge me! Them blame chance or bad luck for everything that goes wrong in their lives.
What about you? Who do you believe I am? Do you believe what my word says? “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” (John 11:25 NLT)
I asked one of my followers this once, her response was amazing, “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” (John 11:27 NLT)
Do you know why her response was so amazing? Martha gave me this answer in this midst of great disappointment and grief. One of my close friends and her brother, Lazarus had just died.
You see, Martha and her sister Mary had been there and seen my miracles, so when Lazarus got sick they believed that I would come and heal him. Their belief turned to grief when he died before I arrived. They accused me saying, “If only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:32 NLT)
My heart broke for them; I was moved to tears. Yes, to tears. I wept with them, for their loss and for their disappointment. And then I acted—I proved to them that I was who I said I was and that I had the power I claimed to have. Even though he had been dead for 3 days I raised Lazarus back to life.
When your heart is heavy with grief, or heartache, or worry, or depression you need to know that I am a God who cares, but even more so that I am a God who is able to act. Ask me and I will give you comfort, wisdom and strength. I will help you carry your burdens. More than anything I want you to know that you are not alone. I am here for you. Do you believe that?
3 for 3:
1 – Read the story of Lazarus in John 11:1-44. Pay special attention to what Jesus says in verses 4 and 42. Why do you think Jesus allowed for Lazarus to die before coming to Bethany? Also notice how despite having foreknowledge of what would take place Jesus was still moved with emotion over the grief of his friends. How does the effect the way you think about God?
2 – Look up Isaiah 40:31 and write it out on a blank piece of paper, then use your creativity to fill the paper with drawings or colors or words that this verse evokes. Meditate on the verse and let the words sink deep into your heart and mind.
3 – Sometimes understanding why difficult situations happen can keep you from believing in God. That’s why we’ve created the “How Can I Believe In A Good God When…” Q&A page.