Isaiah 46:1-4 (NIV) – Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low; their idols are borne by beasts of burden. The images that are carried about are burdensome, a burden for the weary. They stoop and bow down together; unable to rescue the burden, they themselves go off into captivity. “Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob, all the remnant of the people of Israel, you whom I have upheld since your birth, and have carried since you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you.I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Here, it is very clear that God is the one who delivers us, and idols fail us. As we reflect on this truth, let’s remember Lien Briggs’ testimony: “…but realized how I had fixed my life all around my job security and being sure I wouldn’t lose it, because I felt like it was the only thing that allowed me to be sure…Thankfully we had Sunday worship the next day, God met me and I was able to repent of prideful and selfish thinking. I came to the Lord with all my burdens and concerns that I felt that I was supposed to take care of, when in fact I just had to lay them at his feet. I realized that I was living as if I was living without the Lord in this area of my life, and that I was not trusting in the Lord but, rather, taking things into my own hands…I felt a big weight lifted off my shoulders and knew that God would take care of my career and my future much better than I could.”
Prayer: “Lord, I repent of my pride and selfish ways that have hindered me in fully depending on you. I surrender all the burdens, cares and worries I have today and lay them at your feet, because, you, Lord, never fail as you promise in your word of how you will carry me through all of life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
Let’s close in worship to “How Great Is Your Love” by Kristian Stanfill (Passion).