Thank you for loving me like You do. Upholding me like You do. Stabilizing me like You do, in the arm of mightiest infrastructure. The world is heavy isn’t it… It weighs on me like an avalanche sometimes. But You lift me up from the depths every time because You’re everywhere I am.
My God dives for me in deepest seas. My God soars for me in highest dreams of the plans He has for me. We are a collision. A divine collision. A holy God. Humankind. The King of kings is who You are. And I am the bride you delight to carry over the flood.
You carry me… and suddenly it’s not heavy anymore. Not all all. Not even a little bit. Gravity combusts and lightness caresses my frame when I’m held in your arms weightless. You hold the weight of the world. So I don’t have to.
My God is strong like that. Mighty and loving like that. He breaks our chains and obliterates the strain until we’re floating high above water.
Are you feeling underwater?
Come to Jesus, the One who sees you and knows what you carry.
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.” 2 Corinthians 11:30
Why would we bost of weaknesses?
Weaknesses open a lot of room for God to come in and fill that space with His power. If you try to do it all without God, there is no room for Him. Thus, something else will fill it. Nature abhors a vacuum. What fills the empty space in your life? We must acknowledge God in the empty space so He can fill it before something else tries to. And it will try to. Everything in this world seeks to please you with its own filling. But God has more to fill you with… To complete you with… To satisfy you with… To strengthen you with…
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
Your heart is feeling heavy, isn’t it…
You’ve been holding it together for so long and doing it all on your own. It feels like the world itself hangs on your shoulders. God understands. God empathizes. He knows what it’s like… to carry the weight of the world.
Jesus carried the weight of the world. We get an inside look into the turmoil of this mission in the gospel of Luke. Jesus says this on the eve of His crucifixion while in the Garden of Gethsamane talking to His Father…
“Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me. Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
Jesus felt conflicted over the heaviness He was ordained to carry.
It was His mission to go to the cross and be murdered as a sacrifice for others’ sins. Imagine the pressure of such a calling, not to mention the shame He carried which did not belong to Him. It belonged to the world. But He took it upon Himself in order to absolve the rest of the world from their sins.
Jesus understands what its like to carry pressure. Both internal pressure and external pressure. His heart and soul is overwhelmed in this moment of going before the Father to talk about the weight of dying on the cross. He says “Father, if You are willing, take this cup from Me…” in Luke 22:42. In other words, a part of Him does not want to do it. It’s not going to be easy whatsoever. Even for the God of the universe, because Jesus is both man and God. Thus, we see the effects of humankind on his mind and body. Yet, He prevails over all of it because HE is the Savior of the world.
Jesus not only experiences inner turmoil in letting Himself be tortured and murdered by His own people, but He experiences physical pain and misery in the torture that will ensue.
Did you know God let Himself be tortured brutally for you?
Jesus loves you that much.
Jesus carried the weight of the world.
Jesus carried the weight of the cross.
On the dirt path that led Him up the trail, Jesus carried his cross. The literal pieces of wood that they would strap Him to and nail Him to viciously. He carried it willingly. Then, alone there on the path, another man stepped in to help Jesus carry the cross.
“And as they led Him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on Him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.” Luke 23:26
God provides others to help you carry your cross. Your pressures. Your burdens. Even the things you should not have to carry, He will send someone to help you. If He was willing to do that for the Son of God, who was both human and God, how much more will He do it for you?
“And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for Him.” Luke 23:26-27
Others lamented over Jesus having to carry the weight of the world. They mourned over his turmoil. They weeped over the injustice He faced. Are you shaken by injustice you see others’ experiencing? Or do you turn a blind eye to it?
These women loved Jesus and mourned the death of Jesus. This was also a form of pressure. Another kind of weight-of-the-world suffering. When you see someone else going through something torturous, does it grieve your soul? A soul that loves Jesus will be grieved to see others’ facing injustice. I want my heart to break over injustice I see. I want my heart to be soft towards others’ suffering, and to want to do something to help.
This is what Jesus’ love is all about… giving ourselves in selfless love.
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11
Jesus never stopped giving selfless love. Even in the pressure-cooker of it, He held onto the cross. So that you would be free to be held by Him in intimate relationship forever.
Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
In this life, you will have pressure. You will have burdens to carry. But God will strengthen you.
Even in the moment of Jesus’ greatest pressure of feeling the weight of the world when He asked God to “take the cup away” from Him, God sent angels to Him.
“Then an angel from Heaven appeared and strengthened Him.” Luke 22:43
God sends you angels… never forget it.
Remember God is your only real source of strength.
Let Him take the weight of the world for you. Breathe in the sweetness of spiritual strength that comes from Him at all times. He is with you.
“And the Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house.” Ezekiel 43:5
With God, you’re stronger than you think you are. You are more competent and pioneering than you think you are. You are more resilient than you think you are. You are more successful and prosperous than you think you are. You are more loved and cherished than you think you are.
Let God take the weight of the world for you. Activate your heart’s oasis from a higher spiritual strength you were designed to glean from. He will lift you weightless over the heights. Your rest awaits you in the garden of His abundant life. He can lift you over everything. Be held by the God who carries the weight of your world for you.
You carry it all
broke the wall
that stood between us
so I don’t have to worry
what life may bring
You died for Me
arose for Me
came close for Me
coming back for Me
in the light of Heaven’s roar
You are my God
the weight of the world