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Lighten Your Burden

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Philippians 4:19, ” And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. “

Background

George Muller was a pastor and mighty servant of God in Europe during the 19 th century. One day he was speaking with a man who was weary and empty from working fourteen to sixteen hours a day. Muller advised him to work less so that his health might not suffer, saying he could gain strength for his soul through reading God’s Word, meditation, and prayer. The man replied that if he worked less, he would not earn enough to support his family, and even now he scarcely had enough. Muller explained, ” It is not your work which supports your family, but the Lord. ” And Muller knew what he was talking about. For years he received no salary, but trusted God to provide for him through the gifts of others as they felt led to give. He ran an orphanage that cared for over 10,000 children and never asked anyone but God to provide for their needs. And the main reason he began the orphanage was to give people a visible proof that God was faithful, that He was the same living God who has always delivered those who put their trust in Him. He wanted people to see that they could take God at His Word and rely on it.

Application

I have a good friend who just had their job eliminated. And this is not the first time they have been unemployed in the past few years. Perhaps you know someone all too close to you who is struggling to find employment. Such times make it painfully clear who we consider our God. They bring out the truths regarding our reliance on Him, and how we might take Him for granted while we have a job. They make us realize what is a luxury and what is a need. But hopefully they open our eyes to the glory of Christ Jesus, what Paul calls God’s riches. Hopefully they stretch us to reach out in faith and help someone who has a need. Muller didn’t start his orphanage once he had saved up enough money. He opened it after months of prayer, secure in God’s provisions. Whatever your situation is, let God be the God who will supply your every need.

Charge

As we seek Him today, lighten your burden by acknowledging everything comes from our heavenly Father. Ask God for what you need. It might be something other than money.


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Rich Holt / Originally Published on : BCWorldview.org

Also published on : Medium.com.

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