Whenever we have a task in our hands it can make us feel useful and yet it can also make us feel overburdened.
Reference: v.5 “You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that my wrath will not fall on the Israelites again. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Have you ever felt that you held a task that only you could complete? It might be an assignment at work that requires your specific skill set; it might be a parenting duty that you have the knowledge to carry out; or it might be a particular relationship issue that only you understand the complete history of. Whenever we have a task in our hands it can make us feel useful, and yet it can also make us feel overburdened. If that is the case, it may mean that we need to hand over other tasks in our lives that others can complete, so that we can focus on the challenge that needs our attention.
Application: Aaron was given a great task in Numbers 18. God appointed him to care for the place of worship. He held a position of great responsibility. There would have been other tasks that Aaron would have had to pass on to other friends or members of his family, and while the task seemed huge, it was an honor and privilege to have such specific instructions from God. The great thing about a task that God gives us to complete is that He never expects us to do it on our own. The chapter goes on to explain to Aaron, not just his responsibilities, but how God would provide for him and his family. When we are acting in the line of duty for God then we can be assured that He will care for all our needs.
Prayer: Lord, there are times when we feel overwhelmed by the task on our shoulders. Help us to reach out to You and ask You for strength to carry the load. Amen.
What great task are you trying to complete?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.