Sleep Well!

It is easy to not sleep well when we are experiencing difficulties. Those are the times we lie in bed staring at the ceiling as millions of anxious thoughts race across our minds. We picture numerous circumstances as we long for a solution to our immediate present troubles. As a result, we become tired and our perspective and patience slowly retreats away. We long for the peaceful sleep known to toddlers.

The good news is that we can sleep because God is always awake. The Psalmist offered an important solution to those who long for sleep in the midst of anxious times. Psalm 121:3b-4, says that God never sleeps, slumbers, or naps. God is awake when we are asleep. When we find ourselves in the middle of difficult circumstances, we should leave the anxiousness that is in our heart unto God when we go to bed because He will be awake all night anyway! We must learn to trust the Lord in the brightest day and in the darkest night.

Only then will we be able to say along with David, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord make me dwell in safety” NIV (Psalm 4:8) .

Dear Lord Jesus, you are great helper and the one who protects over us day and night. We need your help and protections in our lives. Amen

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I AM Persuaded

As a Christian, I realize that the end is coming fast upon us all. Whether we like it or not, we all have an appointment with death, and barring the return of our Lord Jesus in the clouds, we will keep that appointment. “That day” is approaching swiftly, but it does not stop my Lord Jesus from providing for me and protecting me in the meantime.

No matter what, I do believe in Him, as I am sure you do as well, but I am persuaded that He is able to take care of every single thing in my life. I have committed both my heart and my life to Him, and I believe that both are in very capable hands.

Apostle Paul penned to the church at Rome, and these words have been one of the prodigious affirmation. He said, “For I am persuaded beyond doubt that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV) –  Romans 8:38-39

At this moment I’m inviting you to make up your minds as to be fully persuaded that Jesus is our Savior. It is time for ourselves to make an affirmation. Do we really believe that He has forgiven us for all of our sins? Do we really believe that He will take care of us? If you are persuaded, then let Him take your burdens. Rest in Him.

Dear Lord Jesus, we are persuaded that nothing will separate us from your love. Take care of us! Amen

Cast Your Burden!

Psalm 55:22  

The desire to run away from difficult circumstances to the “greener pastures” on the other side of the river is not new or unique. It’s far too common and I bet every one of us feel the same way too. There is no place for us to escape troubles and problems in our life. The moment when we are trying to solve one, there will be another one emerging.

“Cast your cares on the Lord”. Pastor and Bible teacher Chuck Swindoll has a unique way of teaching people to cast their burdens on the Lord. Whenever he leads tour to the Holy Land, he stops at the Sea of Galilee, where the group board a boat for the 9-mile trip across. Prior to the boarding, he asks everyone to pick up a rock and let it symbolize the heaviest burden on their heart that day. As they sailed half way across the Sea of Galilee they drop anchor, where Swindoll asks them to cast their burden (their rock) into the water. When people from the tour get home, they often mention that moment as their fondest memory.

What does it mean to “cast your burden”? The Hebrew word “cast” in Psalm 55:22 is the word shalak. Strong’s Concordance has an interesting explanation that the verb form in this verse is Hiphil, which is causative-active form of verb. That means the heaviest burden we are carrying, which caused by someone or some incident in our life, we should throw it to the Lord than to carry the burden to ourselves. In other words, the burdens that we carried are no more ours and it is the Lord’s.  This is why Swindol asked the people in the tour to pick up a rock and symbolize the heaviest burden on their heart and throw it in to the water.

I invite you to cast that heaviest burden on your heart to the Lord. Whatever your burden, cast it on Him. You will find relief and experience Jesus to be the great Burden Bearer.

Verse to reflect: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall”. Psalm 55:22

Prayer: Father, I have a burden on my heart, I know you are stronger and powerful than me, please carry it for me. Help me to sustain and stand firm in you. Amen