|Does it all just weigh you down sometimes?|
Every feel like you have a world of responsibility weighing you down?
That’s just wrong.
It’s wrong because God never expects you to do it all. In fact, His expectation is the He must help you. He knows that really, you can’t do anything on your own.
“What? I can do a lot on my own! I’m a self made man! I pulled myself up by my own boot straps!
Jesus begs to differ. He says “Apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5. And I lied. He doesn’t beg. He just differs. And He’s always right.
How much of “something” is “nothing”? Let’s consider some questions:
Did you conceive yourself?
Did you breathe life into yourself?
Do you make your heart beat?
Do you make the 100 billion neurons in your head fire off billions of times a second so you do something as simple as read this page?
How does “doing” of all that get done?
Did you create gravity? Do you understand gravity? Do you know how the nucleus of an atom holds together? It’s parts should repel each other, never be in the same room together (like Ernest T and Barney), but they hold together. Do you know how?
I looked up those answers. They both made laugh out loud.
Gravity – one definition I read actually says it’s a gravitational force (sorry – you get an “F minus” for using
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the word in the definition. I take it to mean you don’t know. You can just describe what happens, but not how. Make that a F double minus. In red).
The atom staying together – it does so by something called (I didn’t make this up) a “Strong Nuclear Force”. What kind of force is that? Darth’s? Or Obi-Wan’s? I’m kidding of course – there’s actually a little bit of reasoning behind this one.
But here’s the point – since I can’t even keep my feet on the ground on my own and I can’t keep my atoms from exploding across the stratosphere on my own, its seems highly suspect that I would be able to do anything on my own, that is, independent of any help outside of my own self.
But God comes along and explains the subatomic world and gravity by saying “in Christ all things hold together,” Colossians 1:17. You see, it’s only by the sustaining power of Christ that you even breathe, that your heart beats, that those aforementioned billions of neurons in your head fire off billions of times a second.
And that’s all REALLY good news.
Because my friend, it points to the fact that God never expects you to do anything all yourself. He expects to help you. He, who is infinite, expects to help you and me, the finite. And so whatever giant piece of concrete you have crushing your neck today, I want to say to you what God says in Philippians 4:19 – MY God, will meet ALL your needs, according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.