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Human Hearts, Human Failings

Updated on December 8, 2011

Psalm 73:26 – My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Being human, means our flesh and our hearts may fail, and do fail, more often than we care to admit. In acknowledging this, we must also remind ourselves that our loving heavenly Father is just waiting to be the strength of our hearts and our portion forever. God calls us to come to Him with the full belief that he is God and will bless us for doing so (Hebrews 11:6). The grace we have been given is a free gift without expectation. We need to surrender our sinful selves to God daily, along with our thoughts, words, and actions that may not be of Him, in order that He might refill us with his love and peace. Surrender brings freedom, and in doing so we are allowing Christ to carry our burdens so that we may be free to do His work in this world.

Sometimes we like to hold onto our burdens. We let them hang around our necks like a heavy chain, or sling them over our shoulders like a bag of boulders we will never be free of. Every day God is saying to us... “My Child, let me take that for you. Let me walk alongside you on your journey and carry your load, so that your path may become easier to tread.”

Just as a parent would help their own child to carry their bag when it becomes too heavy on a long hike, so too our Heavenly Father is ready and waiting to do the same for us. When we do not have our baggage weighing us down, it gives us the ability to freely step over each unexpected rock, crevice or fallen branch that may be obstructing our path. We can concentrate on the way ahead without the pain of the load upon our shoulders.

Of course there will still be times when we feel the pains of life engulfing us, when we just need to sit down, rest and be still with God. These are the times that will strengthen us in our faith, develop our character and reassure us of our hope in Christ (see Romans 5:1-5). No matter what life brings, knowing thatGod is the strength of our hearts and our portion forever, means that as we surrender all to Him, we can then fly high with Christ as He desires us to do.

Question

Is there a burden you need to hand over to Christ today? If so, what are you waiting for?

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