Today's reading

(Jesus said,) “…Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it....I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you...” –Matthew 11:28-29 MSG

September 22, 2023

In His Hands

(Jesus said,) “…Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it....I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you...” –Matthew 11:28-29 MSG

Have you heard the song “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”? The title speaks of God’s greatness and that nothing compares to His supremeness. His view of the world extends beyond our limited scope. Although God fashioned us in His image, He made us lower than Himself.

Sometimes we inadvertently switch roles with God. We take on tasks that are not ours, we try to fix things that are beyond our control, and we try to handle God’s work without Him. Instead of God holding the “whole world in His hands,” one may become the embodiment of the statue of the man carrying the world on his shoulders. We become tired and heavy-laden, as though we are bearing the weight of the world on our shoulders. Why? It is a consequence of us moving beyond the boundaries God established for our lives.

We must recognize that God doesn’t call us to do everything. Rather, He beckons us to be responsible for what He has entrusted to our care. If we’ve been overwhelmed lately—before the cares of this world break us—we need to take a break with Jesus. He will help us to recover our lives and free us up from responsibilities that are not ours to shoulder.

prayer focuses

Pray that God would reveal to you what things you need to set aside that has overwhelmed you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to replenish you so you can carry on in the good works God has established for your life.

music

latest reads

2/21/2024

One Chapter: Three Healings

2/20/2024

Get Ready

2/19/2024

He, She, Me, or We?

2/18/2024

Old vs. New

2/17/2024

Tag, You’re It

2/16/2024

Flood Assurance

2/15/2024

Getting Dressed in the Morning

about the

Author

Barbara Alpert

Barbara was a wife, mother, and grandma who sought to love the LORD with all her heart, soul & strength. She has authored several books for adults and children. She has enjoyed mentoring other writers and seeing them turn their manuscripts into published masterpieces for God's glory. She believed that every person has a God-story within them to be told and shared. Barbara passed away peacefully in November 2023, but Bayside continues to remember and honor her legacy by sharing devotionals written by her in order to inspire and encourage others.