In our fast paced, technological world, millions of people are overburdened and overworked. Many do not find time to put a break between their days. They bring nothing to an end and then begin nothing new. Five workdays combine to become one seamless stretch of stress. One day’s worry continues into the next.
Thankfully, God has given us a method to put a break between these days. A method to create rest and newness. It is called sleep!
However, overburdened and overworked people do not get good sleep. They often fall asleep in their worries just to revisit them again upon waking. They may even dream about them!
This is also true for the discouraged parent who has lashed out at the kids before bed, or a husband to his wife; for a family under financial pressure; for a person who just lost their job.
These problems can keep you up. They can linger for days. Yes, it may take time, but there needs to be a resolution to each day, and a newness to each morning. There needs to be a release a night, and a rejuvenation each morning.
Well, I want to suggest two verses that should be used as an end and a beginning of each day:
A Verse To End Every Day
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55:22)
This is where you should begin, at the end of each day. Every evening our cares and burdens should be cast upon the LORD. They should be completely and wholly given to Him. Get it off your chest as in every matter it is him who sustains you. Cast upon him your discouragement, your stress, your worry. Be done with it!
Here are three reasons to do so:
1. Your cares and burdens are gifts. Yes a gift! The 18th century theologian, John Gill, noted: “The word rendered “burden” signifies a gift and so the words are translated by many, “cast thy gift upon the Lord” (f); what he has given in a way of providence and of grace, acknowledge him to be the author of it; pray for a continuance of mercies, and for fresh supplies, and expect them; and also what he gives in a way of trial, the cross, with all afflictions and troubles….These are given by the Lord to bring his people to a sense of sin, and acknowledgment of it; to humble them for it, and cause them to return from it; and to try their graces: and then do they cast them upon him, when they acknowledge them as coming from him; wait the removal of them in his time; desire a sanctified use of them, and expect deliverance from them by him.”
2. There is nowhere else to cast them. You cannot bottle them up. You cannot drown them in substances. You cannot pass them onto others. Instead, you have the best and highest privilege to give them to the one who created and sustains all things. The one who directs your every step.
3. By doing so, he will sustain you. Matthew Henry notes, regarding this casting of our burdens on the Lord: “If we do so, it is promised that he will sustain us, both support and supply us, will himself carry us in the arms of his power, as the nurse carries the sucking-child, will strengthen our spirits so by his Spirit as that they shall sustain the infirmity. He has not promised to free us immediately from that trouble which gives rise to our cares and fears; but he will provide that we be not tempted above what we are able, and that we shall be able according as we are tempted.”
Do this every evening. In fact, why not do so together with your wife. Cast your burdens on the Lord together. If you have children, have them join you. Cast off your mistakes. Cast away your burdens and anxieties. Clear your chest.
Bring an END to each day!!!!
A Verse To Start Every Day
“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23)
Don’t ever let this verse become cliche or worn out no matter how often you hear it. It is powerful!
At the fall of Jerusalem, God did not make a complete end of the Jews but graciously left them a remnant by which the Messiah would come. It is because of this Messiah that we, also, are not consumed. The writer tells us this is because of the LORD’s mercies.
These very mercies are new every morning. The river of God’s mercy never runs dry, they are continually renewed each morning. Every day is a day to experience his grace.
Bring a BEGINNING to each day!
If you have cast your burdens on the Lord the previous night, do not wake up to them again. His mercy and grace is anew each morning.
Jesus reiterated this: “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof (Matthew 6:34).
This evil thereof, cast it on the Lord at the end of every day. Then begin the morrow with fresh mercies.
Do this every day. End light, begin right. And make sure there is a restful break between the two.
Are there any other verses that you look to in structuring your day? I would love to hear them. Let me know in the comments!
**Regarding this verse in Lamentations, here is a great song: