I don’t now if you’ve noticed but, people are more bogged down with stress, disappointment and discouragement today than they have been in recent years. It’s unnerving to see our nation which was full vitality become lethargic, indifferent and numb.
God knew that in order for us to climb higher, we have to carry less and as such in both the Old and New Testaments, He teaches us how to overcome and release the burdens, problems, worries, and challenges we face everyday. God gave the answer in both Psalms and Peter’s letter. “Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall” (Psalm 55:22), and “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
Embedded within these two verses are several amazing truths and inspiring reminders: God knows, He will sustain us, He will never let us fall, and He cares for us. Taken one at a time, we see first that God declares both His ability and His willingness to be our strength and support—mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He is able (and best of all, willing!) to take everything that threatens to overwhelm us and use it for our benefit. He has promised to “work all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose”(Romans 8:28). Even at times when we doubt Him, He is still working for our good and His glory. And He has also promised that He will allow no trial to be so great we cannot bear it and that He will provide a means of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). By this, He means that He will not let us fall, as He promised in Psalm 55:22.
God is bigger than all our stress, burdens, worries, problems, and all of our challenges put together, and we must realize He does if we are to consistently live victoriously. We are all in the same boat and we all suffer with these difficulties, because the Bible teaches that temptation is “common” to mankind (1 Corinthians 10:13). We must not let Satan deceive us into thinking that all our problems are our fault, all our worries will come true, all our anger condemns us, or that all our guilt is from God. If we do sin and confess, God forgives and cleanses.
It’s no secret; in order to climb high, you have to carry less!! God yearns for us to lay every concern at the foot of the Cross and at the the altar in His throne room of grace. He want us to turn everything over to Christ and all we have to do is simply ask Jesus to take our burden of “original sin” and be our Savior (John 3:16), as well as submitting to Jesus as our Lord in day-to-day living.
Therefore, follow the example written in Philippians 4:8 and think on things that are “true,” “noble,” “just,” “pure,” “lovely,” “of good report,” and “praiseworthy” and “set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:2) and then your feelings of defeat will most certainly diminish.