Friday, August 14, 2015

He Shall Sustain Thee

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

One of the most difficult things to do is to follow the words of an old hymn, which says, “Leave it there, leave it there. Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.” What most of us do is to take our burdens to the Lord, then bring them back with us. 

I once read a biography about Hudson Taylor, one of my heroes of the faith. For those of you who are unfamiliar with him, Hudson Taylor led a great awakening in China, which continues to this day.

At one point during his ministry, he was deeply distressed by many burdens. He poured out his heart to God for many days asking for strength to carry on. Then one morning something happened. He was reading in the Psalms and came across the words, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.”

The words pierced his heart like an arrow. He sprung to his feet and cried out, "This fear-allaying truth has evaded me too long! I see it all now. If we are obeying the Lord and still run into difficulty, the heavy responsibility rests with Him, not with us!" 

He then fell on his knees and prayed, "Lord, you shall carry all the burden! At your bidding I will go forward, leaving the results with You!”

With the burden lifted from his shoulders, Hudson Taylor went on to establish a great work in China.

What burden are you carrying that should be left at the Lord’s feet? Whatever it is, let it go. Peter told his readers to, “Cast all your cares upon Him” [1 Peter 5:7]. Let God do the heavy lifting. He’s able, you know. While He carries the burden, you are free to serve Him with His peace and His power.

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

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