January 3: Arms of Power
Burdens come in many shapes, forms and fashions. Actually, a burden is anything that causes us a moment’s care, anything that has not been cast into the loving arms of God, anything that would cause our hearts to be heavy. Through faith and prayer, we must commit our ways and works to Him. We ought to allow the Lord to do as He wills in our lives and find satisfaction in whatever circumstances we find ourselves knowing we have a promise that He will work all things for our good.
“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22)
As we learn to cast our care upon Him, He promises to sustain us and carry us in the arms of His power. He also promises to strengthen us through adversity. He hasn’t promised to free us immediately from the trouble which causes us to be burdened, but He will make it possible that we be not tempted above that which we are able to bear.
Take comfort today—every day—that He will never allow the righteous to be moved, to be so shaken by troubles, as to provoke us to quit our pursuit of Him or to seek comfort in Him.
He is merciful, loving, and always there for us. So, begin this new year by making it a habit to “Cast your burden upon the Lord”…today and every day.
Father, there are times when life’s circumstances seem to overwhelm…when adversity strikes in unexpected ways. Lord, I cast my cares…my burdens…upon You. I confess that I was not formed or fashioned to carry such a load. I release my stress, my worries, my concerns into Your care and I walk with the knowledge of Your promise to me that “All things work together for good to them who love God, who are called according to [Your] purpose.” Thank you, Father, for your provision and comfort…TODAY and EVERY DAY. Amen!
“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:3-5)
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