|Faith Casts the Burden on the Lord
Excerpted from Everyday Religion by C. H. Spurgeon
Fifthly, faith has this further influence upon ordinary life-that it casts all
the burden of it upon the Lord. Faith is the great remover of yokes, and it does
this in part by making us submissive to God's will. When we have learned to
submit we cease to repine. Faith teaches us so to believe in God, infallible
wisdom and perfect love, that we consent unto the Lord's will and rejoice in it.
Faith teaches us to look to the end of every present trial, and to know that it
works together for good; thus again reconciling us to the passing grief which it
causes. Faith teaches us to depend upon the power of God to help us in the
trial, and through the trial, and in this way we are no longer stumbled by
afflictions, but rise above them as on eagles' wings. Brethren, if any of you
are anxious, careworn and worried, stop not in such a state of mind; it cannot
do you any good; and it reflects no honour upon your great Father. Pray for more
faith, that you may have no back-breaking load to carry, but may transfer it to
the great Burden-bearer. Pray to your great Lord so to strengthen and ease your
heart that your only care may be to please him, and that you may be released
from all other care. By this means will you be greatly helped, for if the burden
be lightened, it comes to much the same thing as if the strength were
multiplied. Content with the divine will is better than increase of riches, or
removal of affliction, for with wealth no peace may come; and out of prosperity
no joy in the Lord may arise, but contentment is peace itself.
Whatever burden faith finds in her daily avocation she casts it upon God by
prayer. We begin with God in the morning, seeking help to do our work, and to do
it well. At his hands we seek guidance and prosperity from hour to hour. We pray
him to prevent our doing any wrong to others, or suffering any wrong from them;
and we ask him to keep our temper and to preserve our spirit while we are with
worldly men. We beg that we may not be infected by the evil example of others,
and that our example may be such as may be safely followed. These are our great
concerns in business; we tremble lest in anything we should dishonour God, and
we trust in him to keep us. A believer goes to God with the matters of each day,
and looks for the morning dew to fall upon him; he looks up through the day
expecting the Lord to be his constant shield, and at night ere he goes to rest
he empties out the gathered troubles of the day, and so falls to a happy sleep.
Then doth a man live sweetly when he lives by the day, trusting his Lord with
everything, and finding God to be ever near.
To all this the example of the Saviour leads us, and his love within our hearts
draws us. "He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him," and "was heard in
that he feared."