My stress and concern had made me internalize all my problems and meant that I was carrying all the burdens on my own.
Reference: v.17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace;
its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: To be totally honest with you, today I am not feeling very peaceful.
My husband and I are about to move house, we need to move church, and we’re about to open our new home to some new foster children. As you can see, there’s a little bit of change going on in our lives.
As a self-professed control freak, I am quietly going out of my mind! For me, the challenge is not dealing with all of these changes, but knowing that they are coming and not being able to do anything about it. The anticipation is wearing away at me!
The other day I was driving along in the car, going over and over all the things that are happening in my life and starting to stress more and more. I then had an image in my head of a cross and the phrase, ‘lay it all at the foot of the cross,’ came to mind.
My stress and concern had made me internalize all my problems and meant that I was carrying all the burdens on my own. God reminded me that He is here to help carry the load and, by faith, I need to lay all my troubles with Him.
While I am still aware of all the change that is to come, I don’t feel I’m dealing with them on my own. Each time I start to work myself up in anticipation of the challenges ahead, I recall the image of the cross and start to lay each and every worry down with God.
It’s then that I start to feel true peace.
Application: Real peace only comes from God.
Our world is such a place that we often don’t receive peace and harmony. But the fruit of the Spirit is peace, and so, when we feel true peace we know that God is near.
Our lives are filled with challenges and struggles, it always will be. That does not mean that we can’t experience peace. Whenever your burdens feel too great, remember the cross. Jesus took all our burdens upon Himself. There’s no point two of us carrying them!
When everything seems too much, lay your troubles at the foot of the cross. Jesus has already paid the price for them.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for taking our burdens upon Yourself. So often we insist on still holding them close to us. May we have the faith to let them go and allow You to carry the load for us. Amen.
What burdens do you need to lay at the cross of our Saviour?
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.