Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the LORD, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
Sometimes we can get so consumed with our dreams or overcoming an obstacle that it’s all we think about, talk about, and pray about, and we’re not going to be happy unless it comes to pass exactly the way we want it to. That leads to frustration and, if we’re not careful, possibly to resentment. When you sense that happening, you must get back to that place of rest and peace where you can honestly say, “God, I trust You. I believe that You know what’s best for me. And God, even if this doesn’t work out the way I want, I’m not going to be unhappy. I’m not going to let this ruin the rest of my life. I’m making a decision that I’m going to be content right where You have me today.”
One of my favorite stories in church history is that of Horatio G. Spafford, a wealthy lawyer and businessman who lived back in the 1800’s. Spafford’s story is not the success story however, that we seek nowadays. In fact, he encountered horrendous tragedy in his life. His wife and four daughters were on a ship crossing the Atlantic Ocean when the vessel collided with another ship, and all four Spafford daughters lost their lives along with more than two hundred other people. Spafford’s wife sent a telegram informing her husband of the terrible news. Horatio Spafford booked passage across the Atlantic Ocean to be reunited with his grieving wife. At one point, the captain notified him that they were passing the spot where he believed Spafford’s daughters had died. Horatio Spafford stared solemnly at the rolling waves, and that night he wrote the words to what would become a beloved hymn of the Christian faith: “It Is Well with My Soul.”
When peace , like a river, attendeth my way,
when sorrows like sea billows roll;
whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
No matter what comes our way in life, we need to be able to say, “It is well with my soul. Life may have thrown me some curves, but it is well with my soul. All my dreams may not have come to pass just yet, but that’s okay. I’m not in a hurry. I know in God’s timing they will. “My plans didn’t work out . But nonetheless, it is well with my soul. I received a bad report from the doctor, things don’t look good. But I know God has another report. I know He can do what human’s can’t do. And whatever happens to me,it is well, it is well with my soul. ” That’s the kind of attitude we need to have.
You may need to get a new perspective. Perhaps you have been too focused on what you don’t have, what you can’t do, and what’s wrong in your life. Maybe you’ve been telling God every five minutes what to do and how to do it, and letting Him know that you are not going to be happy unless it turns out exactly like you want it. Make a decision to turn it over to God. Psalm 55:22 says: ” Cast your burdens on the LORD. Release the weight of them and God will sustain you.” No matter how dark and gloomy it looks in your life right now, if you can release the weight of those burdens, you will rise higher, and you will see the sun break forth in your life. This starts by believing that God is in control. You can decide right now that you will trust Him wherever you are. When you do that , the battle is not yours; the battle is the Lord’s. Ask God to give you the strength to endure. And rest assured He will take care of you even in the midst of life’s most vicious storms.
Today’s Prayer to Become a Better You
Father, I know that when I cast my burden on You, it is well with my soul. You lift the weight. I’m trusting You to sustain me whatever comes today.
Today’s thought to Become a Better You
I’m going to be content right where God has me today.
“Daily Readings from Become a Better You” by Joel Osteen
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