When you feel like giving up

We live in a cold world. Raised in a mindset of "survival of the fittest" rather than "love your neighbor", we neglect a part of our human nature. We suppress the love inside of us. Constantly competing, burdens enter our minds in a wave of intense emotions like depression, anxiety and anger. I faced them all at one point. These emotions have all been explained away as mental illnesses and disorders. Most have given up and found happiness in temporary pleasures to suppress long-term pain.

Why so many burdens from a loving God?

All of God's children faced burdens. A simple browse of the life of Job teaches us even the most faithful are tested. No matter how bad things get, God knows how much you can handle and what he needs to put you through to get you to something greater (1 Corinthians 10:13). If you don't believe me, let’s take a look at the most burdened man in the bible – Jesus Christ. Not the mighty King of Kings that escaped the grave Jesus, but Jesus the humble man that walked the earth and served his people.

Most face their first burdens in their schooling years. Jesus was born with burdens (Matthew 2:13). Imagine a grown man feeling threatened by a baby. It didn't end there, he had a target on his head all throughout life (John 8:59). This would make anyone anxious or paranoid. He had no place to rest in peace in a world that knew not love or peace (Luke 9:58). Who's to say this was not depressing? Picture leaving someone in charge of your father's house and you come back to meet it in shambles (Matthew 21:12-13). I didn't even mention having to battle with the devil yet.

This sounds like a man that was going through it (Luke 22:44). The question is how did he overcome this internal conflict? He took it to the father in prayer (Luke 22:41-43). Talking to God was the first type of therapy. No disrespect to the profession but I don’t see psychologists promising personal assistance from an angel with their services.

Why do we have to struggle at all?

If Jesus Christ was already foretold to be the Messiah, why subject him to burdens? In the story of the prodigal son, we see that after God gives us all our desires out of what we may deem to be “love” we proceed to abandon him (Luke 15:12-13). This is why we face burdens. True faith must be tested (2 Corinthians 13:5). It was tested in the beginning and with our redeemer. There’s a local saying that “pressure can buss pipe” but it also makes diamonds, wine and oil. Just depends on who’s in control.

God gave us the power to fight through our burdens and it's is our duty to help others overcome when we can (Galatians 6:1-6). There is no quick fix but if Jesus could handle all his struggles, he can handle our burdens. We can handle our burdens through him. Jesus Christ persevered through a mountain of undeserved guilt and shame simply out of his love for us. Love conquered his burdens (Matthew 11:28-30). Love conquered the grave (John 8:51). Love conquers all (1 Corinthians 13:13). I pray that you all find comfort in the love of Jesus Christ.