How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints? Deuteronomy 1:12
Moses was overwhelmed when leading the children of Israel through the desert, and he asked in bewilderment, “How can I alone bear your problems and your burdens and your complaints?” Imagine bearing the problems for an entire nation. The truth is, we can’t even bear our own problems, burdens, and complaints. We haven’t the strength, wisdom, or intestinal fortitude to withstand the weight of life. Even the apostle Paul said, “We were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9).
Problems are a testing ground to prove our dependence on God. When we’re pressed beyond measure, we have to cast our burden on Him who blesses beyond measure. The relief of casting our cares on God is like the relief one feels when a long ordeal has ended. We cannot bear our burdens alone, but the Lord Jesus Christ has risen from the dead with strong shoulders.
He can carry your cares today and He can also carry you in His omnipotent arms.
The devil sometimes goes too far. He drives us straight into the Lord’s arms. Ruth Bell Graham
Deuteronomy 1 – Skip Heitzig
May 14, 2015
As we kick off our series in Deuteronomy, we see how this book is not just a repetition of previous accounts, but a safeguard against God’s truths being forgotten or neglected over time. In this first chapter, Moses recapped the four-step journey that led the Israelites to wander in the wilderness for nearly forty years.