Little Ethan had a habit of “stretching the truth.”
One day, while walking home from school, he saw a large black dog run across the street right in front of him. He rushed home as fast as he could and hollered, “Mom! You’re never going to believe .what I just saw!”
“What did you see Ethan?” his mother cautiously asked,
“While I was walking home a huge black bear jumped out of the bushes and tried to eat me! But I was too fast for him and ran home as fast as I could!”
By this time his mother was growing more concerned about Ethan’s “truth-stretching”.
When his father returned home the next day from a business trip, Ethan excitedly ran to his father and told him about his adventurous encounter on the way home from school.
His father gave Ethan a stern look and said, “Go to your room and think about how God looks at this story!”
Within just a few minutes Ethan came bouncing out of his room and into the kitchen.
“Well son?” his dad asked, “What do you think God thinks about your story?”
“Dad!” Ethan exclaimed. “I asked God! And He told me that when He first saw that dog, He thought it was a bear too!”
Yes, life can be a bear sometimes! But there’s no need to exaggerate our problems and challenges. Because God knows what burden we’re bearing. And He promises to help
In one of the great verses of the Bible the Psalmist offers us encouragement in times of discouragement
Cast your burden on the Lord,
and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
the righteous to be moved.
(Ps 55:22, ESV)
What burden are you bearing? Is it emotional? Physical? Financial? Spiritual? Relational? It may be a burden that is weighing heavy on your mind. Testing your will. Haunting your conscience. Or breaking your heart.
Is it a burden that is trying your patience? Or testing your faith? Or keeping you awake at night?
Regardless of the weight or your burden, God promises to sustain you. Nurture you. Nourish you. He will abide with you. Keep you. And guide you. He won’t allow you to waver. To slip. To fall. To be moved. Or carried away.
However, there are two conditions.
(1) We are called upon to be righteous. This promise is not made to those who are ungodly, unholy and unrighteous. Neglecting God, and then calling on him when we “get in a pinch” does not guarantee His help. The promise is made to those who are right with God.
(2) We must cast the burden upon Him! The Hebrew word “cast” means to “thrown down,” “Throw away,” or to “hurl.” Quit trying to go it alone! Go with God! Take your burden to Him in prayer. “Cast your burden upon the Lord.”
However, don’t be like Ethan and exaggerate the challenges that cross your path. God sees. God knows. God cares. And God will bear your burden!
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman