“So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.”
2 Timothy 2:22-26 (ESV)
It has definitely been a while since I have posted anything on Tumblr. But I figure today was a good day to update. It has been pretty busy for the last few months, between work and school, and I have found myself being worn down and worn out. Today, as I read James MacDonald’s weekly devotional, I was reminded that a lot of this is simply due to me trying to carry, for lack of a better term, ‘the weight of the world on my shoulders.’ I often try to do too much or think I can do it all, and the worst part is I try and do it in my own strength. That simply will not work in the long run. It may work for a moment, but I will always fail and fall under the weight of it all.
That is why it is important to bring everything to God in prayer. MacDonald’s devotional was a good reminder that I need to always ask the Lord for His strength and that I need to be offloading burdens in my life, needless worries, troubles, anxieties, struggles, doubts, fears, failures, everything, I need to bring all of this to Him. He alone can carry it all and He alone can strengthen us to walk through life.
On our own, we will always collapse under the weight of life, whether it be school, work, family issues, medical problems, bothersome neighbors, whatever it may be. But when we bring everything to God in honest prayer and confession, admitting our weakness and desperate need for Him and His strength in every situation, we will find the peace of God every heart longs for and the strength we need in this life.