Topic: God’s Shoulders – Tuesday, October 10th, 2017.
Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid. – Psalm 112:8 (NRSV)
While my family and I were serving as full-time missionaries in Haiti, we went to stay in the Dominican Republic for a month. We were on a tight budget so we had to walk for miles to see the sites and visit the beaches. Eventually, the walking became too much for my three-year-old son. On those long walks, he would cry, “Go shoulders! Go shoulders!” so that I would lift him to my shoulders for the rest of the trek.
One day I said, “Son, I’m tired too,” to which he replied, “You can’t be tired. You’re my daddy!” Human fathers can be tired, even too tired to carry their children or their burdens. Our heavenly Father, on the other hand, never tires or grows weary. God’s back never hurts too much to carry our burdens, and God is always available for us when we surrender and cry out for help.
Everyday life can be hard enough, but having to deal with severe trials can overwhelm us. We may try to carry burdens ourselves, but sooner or later we realize that we can’t do it alone. When danger, disease, or darkness pushes us over the edge, God waits to catch us as we surrender our burdens to our heavenly Father.
Holy God, help us never to forget that while you are holy, you are also close to each of us. Teach us to trust in your strength. Amen.
Today’s Reading: Psalms 112:6-8
Thought For The Day: I can see beyond my trials to God’s love.
Prayer Focus: Missionary families
Written By Chris Surber © The Upper Room Daily Devotional