Do Not Carry An Extra Ounce

Sometimes great sweetness is found with intense bitterness. I have experienced immense joy in the depths of depression when I lean only on my God. I hardly know how to express this unrivaled pleasure of resting only on the Lord, for when I am hurled on God, my soul finds divine peace.

Dear friend, if both your circumstances and your spirit sink, all will be well if you lean on God alone. Never fear that you will become weary to Him, and never ask as little as possible. He says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it” (Ps. 81:10). Never trust Him just a little. Never give Him only a part of your cares. Never rest just a portion of your trials on Him. Lean on Him with all your weight. Bring all the tons, pounds, and ounces and throw them all on God. Do not carry an extra ounce yourself. God loves His children to place their entire confidence in Him.

Do you know the Aesop’s fable about the polite little gnat who when he flew off of the ox apologized for burdening him? The ox replied that he did not know he was there. God will never tell you that. He will tell you that your load is no burden. If you had fifty kingdoms burdening your brain, if you carried the politics of a hundred nations in your mind, and if you were loaded with all the cares of a thousand worlds, still you could safely leave them with the Wonderful Counselor and go your way rejoicing. Lean hard brothers, lean hard sisters, for “is not the Lord among us?” “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1Peter 5:7). He counts the very hairs on your head (Matt. 10:30).

-C.H. Spurgeon

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