Surrendering Our Burdens

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)

Why do we feel the need to prove our strength? Although we don’t deny that we have our struggles and dilemmas, we feel that to save our pride we have to present ourselves as being fully capable of dealing with the storms that come our way. However, we soon realize the limits of our individual human wisdom and capability. Yet despite this, our pride dictates that we must make every effort to cover up our weaknesses; portraying ourselves as stoic and unassailable in the face of adversity. In this way we succumb to the folly of refusing the help of an all-powerful God and the people He brings alongside our path whilst we continue to bear, with bent backs and trembling knees, the burden of our troubles.

We are not helping ourselves when we attempt to wrestle with our difficulties and anxieties on our own finite power. If anything, we are only delaying the inevitable fate of crumbling under the weight of what we have tried to master. Christ promises to give rest to all who come to Him. In His omnipotence He stands above our worries and in His love He offers to take all of our burdens; dealing with them according to His infinite wisdom and perfect will. But when we are given the offer, why do we hold back? Why do we in name surrender our troubles to God while at the same time try to dictate to Him what He needs to do? If we seek the wisdom and power of God while still wanting to master our struggles on our own strength and wisdom, we have not truly surrendered our circumstances to Him. Our pride and our desire to retain our autonomy prevent us from allowing God to fulfill His redemptive and wonderful plan for our lives. It is only by the total surrender of every area in our lives to His will that we will emerge victorious over our situations. When we allow Christ to reside in our hearts, we will know that the best way for us to handle our anxieties is to give them all up to Him, trusting in His will and resting in the assurance that He works everything together for good.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.