Matt 11:28-30— 28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
In the Women of Faith Series, some of the characters carry very heavy burdens, and they find it very difficult to lay their burdens down at the feet of Jesus. Often we as Christians can say that we trust God to carry our burdens, but when we’re faced with a difficult trial, it’s very hard for us to give Him our heavy load. I’m reminded of one particular character in The Crooked Path that was faced with the challenge of being a widow, parenting her teenage daughter, and pastoring a church. Wow! Talking about a full plate . . . Esther’s plate was full. When her daughter reached the age of rebelling against her and God, she had a very difficult time trusting Jesus. Satan daily taunted and tormented her mind with false accusations about her daughter. He also accused her of being an awful parent. The Bible does tell us that he is the accuser of the brother. Even though she was a powerful anointed woman of God, she had a very difficult time warring off the accusations. Until finally, she became very tired and weary, and she found it hard to pray effectively. Isn’t that how it is for you and me?
We must remember that Satan never fights fair, and he normally attacks us the hardest just when God is about to bless us. The devil will throw false accusations our way to try and divert our mind from the Word of God and His promises. Often times, I have told the folks in Shiloh House of Peace that when God starts blessing, the devil will start messing. We have to remember what the Bible tells us about Satan’s sly tactics—the thief comes but to steal, kill, and destroy . . . But Jesus said that He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
In order to take Jesus’ yoke, we have to daily walk with Him and stand on His Word—even when the enemy comes in like a flood—God is faithful to lift up a standard against the wiles of Satan. We may not see the results that we desire to see instantly, but God is an on time God, and He will move right on time . . . *Smile.
Remember that the Lord’s burdens are light, and He is able to give us peace even at the darkest hour of our life. I have often said that the darkest hour is just before the dawn.
1 Peter 5:6-7— 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Until next time,
Pastor Melinda Abersold