An Unbearable Burden

burdenedAll of nature, its vastness, its complexities, and the fact that we value meaning, purpose and justice, reveal God as the Creator of everything and Author of all life. So how can we who have the capacity to judge, reject the idea that we too shall be judged by our Maker? Like a child who closes their eyes and foolishly declares, “Now you can’t see me!”, will anything hinder God from seeing us and all that we do, good or bad?

Can one boast about how enlightened and liberated they are when they are held captive by evil desires and behavior from which they are unable to free themselves? And rather than admit that they are held captive, they prefer to justify themselves and accuse God of making unjust demands on all of us. Instead of humbling themselves before God, they reject the Author of Life and the only One who has both the power and the desire to set us free and cleanse us of all guilt and shame.

Do not assume that because God allows evil to continue that He is either dead or doesn’t care. Don’t you realize that God continues to bless and prosper, even those bound by evil desires and behavior, in the hope that they will turn to Him to be forgiven and rescued from His coming wrath against evil and injustice? He delays His just judgment to give us time to turn to Him, because it is the longing of His heart to save and rescue, not destroy!

We instinctively know that if remain in this captivity to evil desires and behavior, we will not be able to stand before Him. Unlike man, God doesn’t judge based on outward appearance or how we compare with others. So pointing out the evil deeds and hypocrisy of others will not justify us for our wrong doing. For God looks upon and clearly sees our hearts. He sees every secret sin and easily discerns our true motives.

Jesus Christ didn’t come to establish a religion, He came to restore a broken relationship between men/women and God. That is why He said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

The eternal burden of our evil desires and behavior is more than any of us can bear. That is why Jesus says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

So why not give up this unbearable burden and exchange it for the new life that God offers, restoring relationship with Him? That is the life He has always intended for us to have, if we are willing.

22 years ago I traded the burden for the one Jesus offers each of us. I tell you the truth, He whom the Son sets free, is truly free. This is not something that devout religious observance or holding to a particular philosophical viewpoint could ever do. It’s a real relationship with the One True and Living God of all creation. If you are interested in hearing more, feel free to send me a private message.

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