Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
There are so many ‘clichés’ Christians use when going through hard times. We tie them to scripture, halfheartedly believing them with our heads and not our hearts. We sing songs like, He Touched Me … buy books, plaques and bookmarks to encourage… all are well and good. Somehow though, we don’t get to the heart of the matter. None of these make the burdens go away. Just because He is carrying the load, the problem, the burdens … it does not mean they are gone. It means you are trusting Him with your entire life, good and bad and waiting on His time. The ill may be healed on earth, but they will be healed in Heaven. That crisis will resolve, in His time and in His way. That job will come, in His time … in His way.
God did not let Abraham sacrifice Isaac, but He did allow him to place his son on the altar and raise the knife. God took Abraham to the brink. Why? Abraham knew God is sovereign and faithful; he trusted God. Sometimes we go down to the altar kickin’ and screamin’. Oh if we would only say …
2 Timothy 2:12 “…for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.”
Sounds like the beginnings of another good song. We allow ourselves to believe with our heads and not walk with our hearts as well. We are shackled because we talk the talk and do not walk the walk. All clichés we speak. Some of us are like, “that’s my burden … and I’m stickin’ to it!” Some wear their ‘thorn in the flesh’ like a badge of honor, almost as though they are ‘proud to suffer’ for Him.
The truth is, if we could solve our own problems we probably would not seek Him. The deeper the problems the more we SHOULD seek Him? Actually, we should seek Him everyday in every way. But, being the humans we are … sometimes we need to go to the ‘brink’ for no other reason than He wants to take us to another level of trust.
The way Abraham reacted to where God was taking him taught Isaac truths about God. Since Isaac was not kicking and screaming, I surmise that Abraham had long since been teaching Isaac to trust God no matter the circumstances. What do our children see when we are asked by God to do a difficult thing or go through a difficult time? Are you shackled?