"Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds . . ." Wm Shakespeare

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Weights & Burdens

We are told not to add to, or take away from the Scriptures, and that is a good and wise thing to remember as we talk to others about God’s truth. 

It serves also as an allegory to the lives we live. 

Let me try to explain my meaning.

We were created innocent and whole, with everything we require to fulfill God’s purpose for us. All that is needed is time to grow and mature in the gifts and talents we were born with. However, as life went on, circumstances and people added to and took away from us, and it is God’s heart desire to restore things stolen, and remove things added.

I think the sins of others against us, and our own sins, are the vehicles the enemy uses to put those burdens and false beliefs on us. Things like distrust, feeling the need to control our lives, manipulation and such, have weighed us down and distorted our lives until we no longer resemble the person God intended us to be. But, not only did those sins add to our lives, they also robbed us of peace, security, and trust in God and others. Those are only a few of the things that belong to us as children of God.

Even though the weights that were added to our lives mostly represent bad and hurtful burdens, they have been our companions for many years, some from our childhood. It is very difficult to think of parting with them. They have become such an accepted part of our lives we find a certain comfort in them and fear letting them go. We fear the void it will leave in our lives and worry what will replace it. 

But, it’s only in letting them go, in giving them to God, that we see how hurtful they were for us, how crippled we had become because of them.

As we are encouraged in Hebrews ch. 12 vs. 1, "Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us". 

There is good news though. When we allow God to take away those hurtful things, we find He has restored and given back all that was stolen away. 

It is then we realize we are free, He has saved us once again, and has filled the void with His perfect love. 

It is then we see Him more clearly and are more in love with Him than ever.

There is another 'but' however, and that reminds us that we are to live in community with fellow journeyers. We cannot do this alone, we need those trusted ones to help us, to pray for us, mourn and weep with us and walk with us through that process until they can laugh and rejoice with us in our new-found freedom. 

God bless you as you walk through this life dealing with your own weights and burdens. 

Once again, this is me, Journey Girl, in the process of pushing off those weights and burdens that have kept me from loving God and being loved by God more wholely.