You Are Not Made to Be The Keeper Of The Universe
Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:…
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”
Many believers take on burdens and responsibilities they were never intended to bear. For some, it’s natural to habitually take on others’ responsibilities. Those habits, left unchecked, can lead to a belief that it is our job to meet every need we encounter. It is one thing to be used of God as a source. And it’s entirely another to take on others’ responsibilities to the extent that WE become their source. Only God is qualified to be the Keeper of the Universe.
God has placed a divine destiny on your life. As you begin to walk in this destiny, you will not only have to deny yourself, you’ll also have to say “no” to others when the demands they place on you are in conflict with how the Holy Spirit is leading you.
Of course it is possible to carry this idea too far and become preoccupied with our own interests at the expense of serving others. That’s not what I’m suggesting. But I am saying that we cannot be continually responsible for others’ poor choices.
The truth is that some people don’t want to be helped. They enjoy the attention their problems bring them. And they don’t want to change. Those who have no intention of carrying their own burdens, or of being responsible for their own choices, seem to have a sixth sense as to who are the hyper-responsible Christians. Although those with a servant’s heart may not recognize it, there are people who manipulate and control their way through life. Like heat-seeking missiles, the manipulators are ever-ready to offload their own God-given destinies and responsibilities onto these willing burden bearers.
Being responsible for someone else’s lifestyle choices and happiness is a heavy load. It’s upsetting, frustrating, and discouraging when we find that we’ve made a poor choice and taken on way too much responsibility for someone who won’t do what is right. But if we will seek the Holy Spirit regarding our commitments, He will direct us, showing where to help.
Don’t try to be the Keeper of the Universe. That is not your job. Of course, it is not easy to say “no” when you have always said “yes.” God calls us to be givers and care for each other. But there is a big difference between caring and giving and allowing somebody to control you and make you feel guilty until you do as they wish. God has a better way for both the manipulators and for you!
God’s Word tells us that we are not to give in response to pressure (II Corinthians 9:7, NLT). The Holy Spirit will never shame or pressure us into helping someone. In fact, Jesus said “my yoke is easy to bear and the burden I give you is light” (Matthew 11:30). So if you are feeling the weight of others’ burdens, it may not be Jesus you are responding to. Only God can be the Keeper of the Universe.
Will you choose seek God’s wisdom before taking on others’ responsibilities? Now that’s the choice-driven life!
Today’s Bible Reading:
Isa 30-32; 1 Cor 5
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