Date: Friday, March 28
Scripture: Isaiah 53:1-12
Verse: Surely he has borne our infirmities and carried our diseases; / yet we accounted him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. / But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; / upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
The worst part of grocery shopping, in my opinion, is getting all those bags from the car to the kitchen. In our house, this chore means carrying that sometimes heavy load up some stairs. The choices are limited – either make a bunch of trips with few groceries, or fewer trips carrying lots of heavy bags, or get some help. I like the latter. For us, bringing the groceries in is a family job, and because we do it together, it is much easier.
There are times in life when our struggles are like all those grocery bags. There are too many to carry, and the thought of lugging them around much longer is daunting, even overwhelming. We need help.
In today’s reading we hear about a “suffering servant” who bears our infirmities and carries our diseases. I love that image. God is not off in the distance observing us as we go through difficulty. He is not simply rooting us on, or testing us to see if we have enough faith to get through it. Rather he is with us, taking some of those heavy bags off our hands, if we are willing to let go. When we are at our weakest, when we get to the place where we are not sure we can take it any longer, Jesus is there to carry it for us. As the Apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians, “for whenever I am weak, then I am strong” (vs 10).
When you find yourself struggling to carry the heavy load you are dealing with, be sure to turn it over to God. He is not disappointed that you cannot handle it all by yourself. Rather, he is waiting to offer his healing hand to you in the midst of the struggle, to bear the pain for you. You just have to be willing to let him do it and let go.
Prayer: God, thank you for the gift of Jesus, who carries my infirmities and diseases for me. Amen.
Action: Whatever you are struggling with, give it over to God. Every time you start to worry or feel overwhelmed, thank God for his strength carrying that problem for you.
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