Do You Feel Like Life is Too Demanding?
From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Luke 12:48 (NIV)
I wake early to meet with God. The sun has not yet risen and the house is still. It is the calm before the storm of the day. I’ve learned the hard way that a day not started with Him is doomed to frustration-failure. I am sitting with Jesus, trying to focus on Him.
My mind is distracted by all that lies before me: the doctor appointment, the Laundromat, the carpooling, the kids, the meals. On and on it goes and the more I mull it over, the more blank my stare becomes.
I say Lord, “Too much is demanded.”
How can so much be expected of one woman? I just want to crawl back in bed, bury under the covers and hide from the responsibilities I’ve been given. I remember the verse above and I reason it out; my abundance of blessings demands an abundance of me.
I read the Scripture again.
My abundance of blessings does not require an abundance of me; it demands an abundance of Him!
I read it again but this time I paraphrase the verse, inserting God’s name.
From everyone who has been given much, much Jesus will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more Jesus will be asked.
He whispers to my heart, “I Am what is demanded. I Am what needs to be asked.”
I whisper back, “Yes, Lord.”
Perhaps, like me, you are a woman with a plate that is piled high and full. Maybe, like I have, you thought you were given these immense responsibilities because God thinks you are capable of handling so much (only to find it is always too much). There is great work to do but only One who can accomplish it. Let’s move from the thoughts that God is dependent on us and live in the knowledge that our lives demand His power. Less me, more Jesus, is always the Way. Will you pray with me?
Lord, You have trusted me with so much and my plate is overflowing with needs of my own and others. Help me to understand the responsibilities I have been given do not demand more of me, they demand more of You. Without You I can do nothing, and with You I can do everything. Amen.
I pray you Live Like You Know… where you are going.
Strength to strength,