This Burden does not make sense

Yesterday, Sherry was talking with Beth on the phone when a burden came.  Beth is a Sophomore at Liberty University.  While they were talking the room where Beth stays began to shake and suddenly our daughter said to her mother, “Mom, I think we are having an earthquake.”  In this moment my daughter was faced with a burden.  She is the Spiritual Life director for her dorm.  Suddenly she had a group of freshman girls panicking. In this moment, she would have to rely on all she had been trained.  Thankfully no one was hurt and she got through.

This morning I thought out this incident as I read through I Corinthians 1:3-11.  The Apostle Paul writes about an earthquake in his life, “We were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself,” 1:9.  The question that often arises in people’s minds is simply, “What was the burden?”  The fact is no one really knows.  However this is not the main point of the passage.

God’s desire is not that we would focus on the content of the burden but that we would focus on the chosen purpose of the burden.  This was so clear as I read the text, “But this was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead,” 1:9

Consider the following:  The number one reason why we do not understand our burden is because we fail to understand the author of our burden.  Paul reminds us that God is the author of His burden.  Notice what Paul writes about God, “He is the originator of mercy and He is the God of all comfort.”  Paul also reminds us that God is in authority in our burden, “He delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us.”  We must remind ourselves that even though we have no power against certain burdens, He has all power.  Paul also reminds us that God wants our attitude to be of becoming a blessing for others in and through our burden, “We are comforted so that we might be a comfort to others.” This very day God is bringing you into a burden, through a burden, and out of a burden so that you might help others who are burdened.  Finally Paul reminds us that our purpose is to communicate to the world where our hope lies, “On Him we have set our hope that He will deliver us again.”  This very day God is using your burden as a mighty tool for the gospel.

I encourage each who read this blog to focus on the God of your burden who has far more planned for your burden that what you are realizing.  Look away from the distraction of what might happen or what could happen.  Enjoy this moment knowing that you are safe in the hands of a Holy God who has a great purpose in this burden.  Know that I am praying for you today!

3 Responses to “This Burden does not make sense”

  1. Norman Says:

    Burdens in our lives are God’s way to prepare us for many things. Good reminder. I’ll remember this as I deal with burdens in my life.

  2. JF Says:

    “……focus on the God of your burden who has far more planned for your burden that what you are realizing.” — Good Wisdom!

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