Some weeks are just like this, I remind myself. Life weighs you down and you are weary from the toil that it takes on your heart, mind and body. You question the enormity of the burden that carves away at your exterior and wounds your heart. Exhaustion settles into your very core and you struggle to put one foot in front of the other. You crave relief from the stress of your job, from your daily routines and from everything else that is placing demands on you. It’s in this moment that you look for God and you reach somewhere deep in your soul for the reminders of all His promises.
When your heart is burdened and the weight of life becomes unbearable, God promises to walk with you and carry you.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you. Isaiah 46:4
When your steps take you in circles and the journey is uncertain, God says “let me lead you”.
When loneliness shrouds you in darkness and threatens to take your breath away, God promises to light your way and remain by your side.
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9
When love seems elusive and emptiness fills your soul, God lovingly says “accept my gift of grace”.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9
When joy is stolen by deep sadness, God says, “I will always delight in you”.
For the Lord your God is living among you.
He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness.
With his love, he will calm all your fears.
He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.” Zephaniah 3:17
“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4
When you feel like you are going to succumb to the exhaustion of maintaining daily life, God says “I will give you rest”.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
I have learned that some weeks are just like this! Our hearts are heavy and full of life’s burdens but God promises to walk through the struggles with us and His Promises are always true and good. Rest in God’s grace today and let His endless love wrap around you as you sink into the hug of His promises!