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If you’re tired and discouraged, He will carry you


Have you ever seen a picture of a man carrying the world on his back? That is a pretty good illustration of how we carry the weight of our sins without Jesus in our hearts. When we insist that we do not need Jesus that is the way it is going to be because there is no hope until we turn to Jesus who offered His life for us.

In Isaiah 53:4-7 the prophet Isaiah is talking about Jesus when he says: “Surely He hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not his mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was He stricken.”

When we read these verses it is usually during Easter instead of realizing that His sacrifice is very real every day of our lives. In a nutshell, these verses tell us that Jesus carried our sins and every situation known to man upon His shoulders so we would not have to but we must accept His sacrifice and make Him Lord of our life. Matthew 11:28-29 says: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

This verse reminds me of a song and a poem that will make it easy to understand. The poem is titled “He Will Carry You,” by Scott Wesley Brown. The lyrics are: “There is no problem too big, God cannot solve it. There is no mountain too tall, God cannot move it. There is no storm too dark, God cannot calm it. There is no sorrow too deep He cannot soothe it. Oh, if He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders I know my brother that He will carry you.” There is also a poem titled “Footprints in the Sand” by Margaret Fishback Powers that is also a very good illustration of God carrying us through difficult situations instead of us carrying the problems. In the poem the author notices two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to man and the other to the Lord but she also notices that at times, all she could see in the sand was one set of footprints. Thinking the one set of footprints belonged to man, she asked the Lord why at certain times there was only one set of footprints, to which God replied: My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. During your trials and testing, when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.

Are you tired of carrying your own load? Come to Jesus, He will give you rest. If you would like for someone to pray with you, please call 830-779-6361 or come to our prayer meeting on Friday evening at 6 p.m. in the school chapel. If you do not have a home church, we invite you to our services at the La Vernia Christian Teaching Center. Sunday services are at 10 a.m. and Wednesday services begins at 7 p.m. On Saturdays, the gym opens at 6:30 p.m.

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