God our Sustenance
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I love what Matthew Henry says: “The burden of afflictions is very heavy, especially when attended with the temptations of Satan; there is also the burden of sin and corruption. The only relief under it is, to look to Christ, who bore it. Whatever it is that thou desirest God should give thee, leave it to him to give it in his own way and time. Care is a burden, it makes the heart stoop. We must commit our ways and works to the Lord; let him do as seemeth him good, and let us be satisfied. To cast our burden upon God, is to rest upon his providence and promise. And if we do so, he will carry us in the arms of his power, as a nurse carries a child; and will strengthen our spirits by his Spirit, so that they shall sustain the trial. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved; to be so shaken by any troubles, as to quit their duty to God, or their comfort in him. He will not suffer them to be utterly cast down. He, who bore the burden of our sorrows, desires us to leave to him to bear the burden of our cares, that, as he knows what is best for us, he may provide it accordingly. Why do not we trust Christ to govern the world which he redeemed?”
During deep trials it’s easy to forget that we can cast all our cares on the Lord. I was so focused on all the decisions I had to make, the deadlines I had to meet, & my health that I had to care for. I lost sight of God-all His promises & all His power. Even yesterday when LB really wanted my attention, I caught myself getting irritated, but then I remember that’s exactly why called me to homeschool. My son needs my attention (& lot’s of it) & he can’t get it anywhere but at home. So my plan for today is to hopefully do a few things around the house, but otherwise it’s just to be with my son.
Lord, thank You for the opportunity You have given me! Thank You for opening my eyes, & helping to do what would please You. Amen.