Weary And Worn Out? Try Giving Up Control To God

Cast your burdens upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 55:22 (NASB) 

I recently found myself reading the above verse and sincerely wondering just how to go about casting my burdens on the Lord. I have read and heard this verse so many times, and suddenly I realized that although I know the words, the deeper meaning has been more elusive. 

I might as well announce that I struggle with giving up control, and have had to come to the end of myself more times than I can count before handing my problems over to God. As I was thinking about this, I wondered why I have such trouble with actually giving my burdens to God – and taking my hands off. 

Why Do I Have Trouble Giving Up Control?

Overthinking has probably wasted hours, months, and maybe even more, of my life trying to control my own situations rather than just simply handing them over to God.

I’ve always been the problem-solver, the one who can’t think about anything else until there is an answer to any current situation. I always thought I was just thinking through all of the possibilities, not worrying. No, I was the last person I thought to be a worrier.

But…now I realize that those who have trouble surrendering to God are often worriers, or, as my Dad used to call us, “worry-warts”. Yes, I have been one, too many times to count.

Scriptures On Surrendering To God

God knows each one of us far better than we know ourselves. No matter how much self-examination we might do, we humans are in the dark much of the time about our own selves. 

Because God created us, He knows us, and He has provided instructions for us in the Bible. When we look to The Word for guidance, we can’t go wrong. Here are the Scripture passages that made all the difference to me:

Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken; But You, God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days. But I will trust in You. 

Matthew 11:28

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.

Blessings Of Surrendering To God

Let’s just take a minute to list all of the blessings we can extract from the above two verses. These blessing are meant for God’s children, all who love and believe Him: 

  1. He will sustain you.
  2. He will protect you from evil.
  3. You will be unshakable.
  4. He will give you rest for your soul.
  5. He will exchange your too-heavy load for a light burden, a comfortable load.

Now, who wouldn’t be eager to claim these blessings? If those of us who overthink and worry our way through life would take a moment to realize the benefits of casting our cares onto God, we could all have every one of these mercies.

Giving Up Control And Getting Out Of The Way

So, what happened that made me able to cast my burden on Him?  I was a worn-out mess after trying to deal with a particular issue for a very long time. And even though I knew the Bible well, I had never seen the way the above verses work together. 

I would give my burdens to God. Or so I thought. I would pray about them, make lists about them and pray some more. And often I would see answers. Yes, God is good like that. 

But I would all too often take back my concerns in the dark of the night, or when doubts or further problems came my way. I was having so much trouble letting God lead me. ‘There has to be a way’, I would think, as I tried again and again to surrender everything. 

I’m going to use myself as an example as we break these verses down together. The Scriptures are from the New American Standard Bible.

Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken; But You, God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction; men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days.
But I will trust in You. 

Psalm 55:22

The Hebrew word for cast is translated as “to throw, cast, hurl, or fling”. I can picture casting a fishing line or throwing my problems to, or onto God. How amazing would it actually feel to be able to fling or hurl them as far away as I could, so they land right smack on God’s broad, able shoulders?

When I truly cast the things that burden me onto God (like He says to do), I feel the care He gives, and the relief and sustenance. Once my burdens are hurled onto God, my eyes are no longer on the problems or the problem people – because they are fixed on God. 

When the burdens are cast out of the way, what’s left is God and me. He is all I need, after all. Everything else is out of the picture and out of the equation.

When my eyes are on God, I am not looking at my own circumstances. My eyes are on my Heavenly Father. He is the solution to every problem, and His eyes are on me. It is at this point that I can say and mean the psalmist’s words: “But I will trust in You.”

There is a lot to ponder here. The point is that I don’t need to worry. I don’t need to make myself better or stronger or smarter. What I need is simply – God! 

What Happens When We Let God Lead

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is comfortable, and My burden is light.

Matthew 11:28

From Matthew 11:28, we can see that there is even more to this unloading of burdens than we noticed in Psalm 55:22. There is an exchange. When I give God my burdens, He exchanges them for His light and easy ones. Our God is standing up to my problems and dealing with them because I am no longer standing in the way.

He is the One who makes me strong. I will hurl my burdens onto His strong and mighty shoulders, with all the force I can muster. And I will take the easy burden that He offers me. I will trust in Him. 

I can rest easy because I know who is in charge and taking care of things. I am sustained, protected, and unshaken. I can rest now, and enjoy God’s light load, knowing and trusting that He has my heavy burdens all taken care of. 

I can say, “But I will trust in You.” And I can give up control to the One who is ‘working all things together for our good’. 

When you love God and have given your heart to Him, You are in His plan and called to the special, individual purpose that He has for each of His children. And He works out every single detail of your life for your good and for the purpose He has given you.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

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