Si permanecéis en mí, y mis palabras permanecen en vosotros, pedid lo que queráis y os será hecho.

Juan 15:7 

Me empujaste con violencia para que cayera, pero el SEÑOR me ayudó. 14El SEÑOR es mi fortaleza y mi canción, y ha sido para mí salvación.

Salmo 118:13-14 

Mejor es el lento para la ira que el poderoso, y el que domina su espíritu que el que toma una ciudad.

Proverbios 16:32 

Tened cuidado, hermanos, no sea que en alguno de vosotros haya un corazón malo de incredulidad, para apartarse del Dios vivo. 13Antes exhortaos los unos a los otros cada día, mientras todavía se dice: Hoy; no sea que alguno de vosotros sea endurecido por el engaño del pecado.

Hebreos 3:12-13 

Hubiera yo desmayado, si no hubiera creído que había de ver la bondad del SEÑOR en la tierra de los vivientes. 14Espera al SEÑOR; esfuérzate y aliéntese tu corazón. Sí, espera al SEÑOR.

Salmo 27:13-14 

Por tanto, mis amados hermanos, estad firmes, constantes, abundando siempre en la obra del Señor, sabiendo que vuestro trabajo en el Señor no es en vano.

1 Corintios 15:58 

Sed hacedores de la palabra y no solamente oidores que se engañan a sí mismos. 23Porque si alguno es oidor de la palabra, y no hacedor, es semejante a un hombre que mira su rostro natural en un espejo; 24pues después de mirarse a sí mismo e irse, inmediatamente se olvida de qué clase de persona es.

Santiago 1:22-24 

...Yo soy la resurrección y la vida; el que cree en mí, aunque muera, vivirá, 26y todo el que vive y cree en mí, no morirá jamás.

Juan 11:25-26 

No temas lo que estás por sufrir. He aquí, el diablo echará a algunos de vosotros en la cárcel para que seáis probados, y tendréis tribulación por diez días. Sé fiel hasta la muerte, y yo te daré la corona de la vida.

Apocalipsis 2:10 

Por falta de leña se apaga el fuego, y donde no hay chismoso, se calma la contienda.

Proverbios 26:20 

...No se gloríe el sabio de su sabiduría, ni se gloríe el poderoso de su poder, ni el rico se gloríe de su riqueza; 24mas el que se gloríe, gloríese de esto: de que me entiende y me conoce, pues yo soy el SEÑOR que hago misericordia, derecho y justicia en la tierra, porque en estas cosas me complazco--declara el SEÑOR.

Jeremías 9:23-24 

Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, pero la dádiva de Dios es vida eterna en Cristo Jesús Señor nuestro.

Romanos 6:23 

Ahora os hago saber, hermanos, el evangelio que os prediqué, el cual también recibisteis, en el cual también estáis firmes, 2por el cual también sois salvos, si retenéis la palabra que os prediqué, a no ser que hayáis creído en vano. 3Porque yo os entregué en primer lugar lo mismo que recibí: que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados, conforme a las Escrituras;

1 Corintios 15:1-3 

Porque también Cristo murió por los pecados una sola vez, el justo por los injustos, para llevarnos a Dios, muerto en la carne pero vivificado en el espíritu;

1 Pedro 3:18 

Echa sobre el SEÑOR tu carga, y Él te sustentará; Él nunca permitirá que el justo sea sacudido.

Salmo 55:22 

What To Do With The Burdens of Life (Psalm 55:22)

| Oct 26, 2019

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Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. –Psalm 55:22.

This prayer of David came in the midst of his very real and serious troubles. His anguish came from a close friend who betrayed him. David’s recourse was prayer, not revenge; he left that to God. He trusted God, knowing his prayer would be heard, knowing his God saves and redeems those who humbly turn to Him. They would not be moved or cast down to destruction as the evil ones would be. (See entire Psalm 55 for context.)

Peter quoted this verse within 1 Peter 3:6-11 to encourage believers to cast their anxieties on God and trust Him because He cares for them. God promises to sustain His children in the midst of the burdens of life. Christ bore our biggest burden, our sin, on the cross already. He is more than able to handle the burdens and troubles we face every day.

But sometimes I feel that the hard, overwhelming troubles of life seem to be easier to cast on the Lord because I have nothing within myself that can manage or navigate those trials. I know that I need Him in times like the loss of a loved one, major health issues, financial and relational sorrows… However, lately, I’ve seen how this promise is valid also for the day-to-day burdens of life we face. Those anxieties are what we are to give to God as well. God loves to care for His children and loves it when we turn to Him for help, even in the mundane, little things that make up our lives. We need to rely on Him rather than try to do things in our own strength. As Corrie Ten Boom said: “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.”

God has helped me do the work He has called me to do and do it for His glory, both in my vocation and the daily things in family life. When I struggle with technology issues, get frustrated because of misunderstandings in communication, or other minor issues, I’m learning to look to God. I find in Him true help and a strengthening of my trust in Him for the best outcomes. He teaches me that if I try to take things into my own (incapable) hands, or try to fix problems myself, my exasperation will dishonor Him and make things much worse.

This practice of trusting God with our burdens seems to be a secret to having peace and joy during big trials and small troubles. God’s comfort and sustaining grace are available to those who turn to Him, casting their worries and cares on Him. He brings good out of each one of them (Romans 8:28). With this promise, there is always hope.

Thank You, Lord, for being our faithful burden-bearer – both for our sins and for our troubles. Thank You for Your love and care for us and those whom You’ve given us to care for. Thank You that we can rely on You to sustain us through the trials of life, both big and small. Help us trust You moment by moment, and give You all the glory for the good You constantly do. You are great and worthy of all praise!

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For Discussion:

  1. What trials have you had a hard time giving over to God?
  2. What might it look like if you saw yourself as God’s child and see Him as your loving Father who longs to help and care for you?
  3. Where does pride or self-reliance hinder this kind of vulnerability and trust in God amid the trials of life?

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Lori Myers serves on Truth78 staff as a partner relations specialist and has worked with Truth78 materials since 2004. She has served in churches for many years as small group leader, worship leader, preschool teacher, and administrator of family discipleship ministry. Lori has been blessed with two amazing daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, and the five sweetest grandchildren – ever!

Truth78 (formerly Children Desiring God) publishes curriculum, devotional books (especially Glorious God, Glorious Gospel resources), children’s books (including The World Created, Fallen, Redeemed, Restored), parenting resources (most recently Established in the Faith), Scripture memory tools and other resources designed to equip your home and church for leading children and youth to treasure God.

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Roll your burden onto Jesus (Psa 55:22)

| Oct 19, 2014

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