How often do we keep grasp of something we’ve already given to God? You know what I mean, when you “give up” your; fears, circumstances, dreams, sins, and so on to the Lord, yet somehow find yourself holding on to it for dear life. We can’t quite fully release grasp of whatever it may be because if we aren’t thinking about it, worrying about it, dwelling on it, or planning it, then who will be? Yet God is already there, solving, holding, comforting, and not only planning but knowing. In this God continues to convict us begging us to give it to Him. He wants us to have an abundant life, thriving in who He has made us to be, yet the enemy pollutes our mind and we continue to allow ourselves to be controlled and shaped by our burdens that God freely yearns to carry for us.
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Do you hear this? Not only did Christ come into the world and die on the cross so that we may live eternally with Him, but so that we may also live abundantly in the present because He loves us so dearly. When we hold on to these burdens I can just hear him saying ‘ My child, I was willing to carry the weight of your sins then on the cross, and I am still here, I am still willing, please give them to me, every single one.’ What a loving and merciful Savior that He bore our sins so we can freely live without bondage. Not only then, but he continues to want to carry it all for us, it can be overwhelming if you truly dwell on this truth. God opens His arms to our pain, yet we continue to doubt his sovereignty and power as we half-heartedly, sort of, kind of, not really give it to God. “Oh you of little faith..” When we truly let go, we release the idea that we have everything under control and are unbreakable, and open the idea that God has the power to fix our brokenness and that we can be comforted solely by Him and knowing He’s in control.
There is freedom in Christ, a freedom we cannot truly comprehend when we lack the trust to let go. A freedom of these burdens we are constantly dwelling on. Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? And who of you by carrying the burdens of life alone are truly surrendering to our Father? “Oh you of little faith…”
Psalm 55:22 Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
What burdens are you carrying? Is it the burden of worry? Needing control? Is it an idol disguised as a passion? A repeated sin? I don’t know what your burdens look like, and some days I am unaware of my own. So I encourage you to pray for these to be revealed, and then truly let go of your grasp and with confidence and for the first time really give it up to God. Finally, let His never ending promises to sustain you, be enough.