Carrying Or Carried
There is so much in life that we carry. In the course of life we pick up baggage. Oftentimes this baggage is carried with us through life. The truth of the matter is that God wants to carry us. Why is it that we end up carrying so much? I believe that is comes down to our choices. We can decide if we will carry a load or be carried by a load-carrying God. What will your choice be?
What does it mean to carry?
The word carry is usually used in conjunction with a load or a weight. The dictionary tells us that to carry means to sustain the weight or burden of something. Is there some weight or burden that you are carrying? I have watched people carry their own burdens through life. Many times these burdens seem to get heavier as time goes on. We were not designed to walk through life carrying our own burdens. God wants to be our burden bearer.
What we carry cannot help us
Oftentimes the things that we carry within ourselves only bring sadness and misery. We often carry things around that cannot help us.
Isaiah 46:7 They carry it around on their shoulders, and when they set it down, it stays there, for it cannot move! And when someone prays to it, there is no answer, for it cannot get him out of his trouble.
These people were going to all the effort of carrying around an idol. But after going to all this effort the idol could still do nothing for them. Sometimes the issues and burdens we carry through life can become idols in our lives (things we give a lot of time and attention to), but they cannot help us in life. We need to be free of all those things that could hold us back or inhibit us. This is what God wants to do for us.
God wants to carry us
God wants to do this for us:
Isaiah 46:4 I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Saviour.
What a joy to be carried as opposed to carrying a weight through life. God wants to carry us. Listen to what the scripture says: ‘and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior’. What more could we want? Why would we settle for anything less?
God wants to carry our sin
1 Peter 2:24 He personally carried the load of our sins in his own body when he died on the cross so that we can be finished with sin and live a good life from now on. For his wounds have healed ours!
God carried our sin. Why did He do this? So that we could be finished with sin and no longer need to carry it around with us.
Psalm 103:12-13 He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west. He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him.
Because of what Jesus did, we can be free from the burden of sin.
Romans 8:2 For the power of the life-giving Spirit—and this power is mine through Christ Jesus—has freed me from the vicious circle of sin and death.
God wants to carry the things that concern us
There are things that we carry through life. Things that are issues and burdens to us. These pressing issues, God also wants to carry. Those things you are worrying about, those things that concern you and take up so much of your thoughts, He also wants to carry. Give them to Him and let Him carry them!
Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the Lord. He will carry them. He will not permit the godly to slip or fall.
God does not want to see us slip and fall. God wants to see us stand and be free.
Through all the years
God does not want to carry us when things are going wrong. He wants to carry us all along the way, each and every step of the way. God is not a fair weather friend. Why would you want to live without God when He wants to carry you through all your lifetime?
Isaiah 63:9 In his love and pity he redeemed them and lifted them up and carried them through all the years.
Isaiah 46:4 I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.
Every step of the way God is there to carry us.
No matter what
God wants to carry us through everything. God does not want to carry us through this and leave us to our own ability with that. No matter how great your sin or how great your burden may be; God is able to carry it.
2 Timothy 2:13 Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he cannot disown us who are part of himself, and he will always carry out his promises to us.
Perhaps you feel a bit weak, even to the point where you have no faith left, God still wants to carry you through that. No matter what your condition, no matter what you may be going through, God wants to carry you in every way.
Carried in the arms of God
Psalm 28:9 Defend your people, Lord; defend and bless your chosen ones. Lead them like a shepherd and carry them forever in your arms.
1. God wants to carry us and He wants us to know that we can be carried by Him.
2. He wants to carry us forever. This carrying power of God can be an eternal reality.
3. In His arms. God does not have a group or porters who will carry us. He Himself wants to carry us with His own arms.
Will you let Him carry you today? Perhaps you feel you problems and pressures are too great? God is able!
He wants to take care of us
In His love for us, God wants to carry and take care of you and me. Sometimes I just need to be taken care of, and it is wonderful to know that God wants to take care of me.
Isaiah 40:11 He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will carry the lambs in his arms and gently lead the ewes with young.
Isaiah 33:22 For the Lord is our Judge, our Lawgiver and our King; he will care for us and save us.
Matthew 6:30 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you.
Give God those things that you are carrying. Don’t hold on to your hurts, pains and worries. Give them to God and let him carry them for you. The choice is our, will we spend our lives carrying the burdens, or will we know what it is like to have our burdens carried by the burden-bearer?