Stoop-shouldered Saints

A man had a lot of problems that could be handled if he had enough money. The strange part of this man’s problems was that he had quite a few million dollars in the bank. He had the resources but wasn’t using them! Why in the world didn’t he use his money and get rid of the weight of all his troubles? That’s not nearly as strange as a child of God carrying all his or her burdens while having a loving Heavenly Father to help. God can help with problems in a way that money alone could never do. However, it is often here that foolish pride gets in the way. God, I want help but I want You to do it the way I want You to do it. We think we know best what we need and we are reluctant to trust that God has a better way and knows what He is doing. God may provide needed money. Sometimes He does; sometimes not. He may heal and He may not. He may save from trouble or allow it. Sometimes He does it one way; sometimes another. When necessary, He allows difficulties for good reasons. Here’s the kicker: We praise God when He takes the problem away and groan when He uses the problems for higher purposes. What a load can be removed from our stooped shoulders, if we can say to God that we trust Him to remove the problem or to enable us to cope. When we have to cope, it may be to correct us; to change our direction. It may be to test our faith. It may be a testimony to someone else and/or a means of bringing comfort to them. In Psalm 42:5, the Psalmist exclaims, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance.” And so should we be able to express, and rest in, that kind of confidence! In the hymn, “How Firm a Foundation,” we have encouraging insight. “When through the deep waters I call thee to go, the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow; for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless, and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.” Selah! How deep does our trust in God go? “So then faith (trust) cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17).    Ron

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