Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Cast Your Burdens Upon the Lord

Give ear to my prayer, O God;
And do not hide Yourself from my supplication.
Give heed to me and answer me;
I am restless in my complaint and am surely distracted,

I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
“Behold, I would wander far away,
I would lodge in the wilderness.      Selah.
“I would hasten to my place of refuge
From the stormy wind and tempest.”  Psalm 55:1-2, 6-8 (NASB)

David cried out to God with these words as his family existed in chaos. One of his sons violated his own sister and another son eventually killed the rapist, his own brother. The murderer fled, hiding three years from his father—and David’s heart yearned for his son Absalom. Angst and worry completely distracted the king of Israel and weakened the stability of his people. Violation of God’s laws separated this family and affected the entire kingdom. 

The falling-out of father and son threatened the safety of the king and Israel. A struggle between Absalom’s men and David’s men ensued, yet David begged for his son to be brought home unharmed. Fear for his son’s safety consumed David. His restless and distracted core shouted complaints, unsettling his soul. Where would he find relief? (2 Samuel 13-19)

Hannah wept bitterly from her inability to have children. Distress and oppression wailed up inside of her. Longing for a son highlighted her feeling of emptiness. Humiliation accompanied her as she carried the stigma of barrenness impressed upon her by the culture. Her soul wallowed in pain as she lived with agony and walked in shame. Where would she find relief? (1 Samuel 1-3)

Job lost everything (children, servants, livestock) except his wife in one day, yet his mouth uttered no complaints. When sore boils covered him from head to toe, his wife told him to curse God and die. Still he refrained from sinning. When he sat in misery with his friends next to him, he eventually cursed the day he was born. He called for darkness to lay siege on his mother’s womb and a cloud to settle over the day of his birth. His cries poured out like water and he became restless, filled with anguish and lacking peace. Where would he find relief? (Job 1-3)

Have your life experiences overwhelmed you to the point of complete anxiety? Are you so distracted by problematic circumstances that you are filled with fear? Have you voiced complaints about your situation to anyone willing to listen? Where will you find relief?

From Genesis to Revelation, Scripture overflows with story after story of people in need of relief. And time after time, God displays His power in the lives of these people through word and deed. He offers grace and mercy, peace and rest to all who truly surrender their situations to Him. Anxiety can be traded for relief. 

Relief is peace. Peace is God. God is relief. David, Hannah, and Job knew God and understood what He offered. So they turned their complaints toward God, poured out their heartfelt sorrows, and received relief. 

David said, “As for me, I shall call upon God, and the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, and He will hear my voice. He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me. I will trust in You.” (Psalm 55:16-18, 23)

Hannah said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” And Eli, the priest, sent her away in peace. (1 Samuel 1:11,17)

Job said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21)

Through a discourse of back and forth with his friends about God, Job eventually declares, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth.” (Job 19:25)

All three of these Biblical characters had a relationship with God and still they complained about their situations, allowing distraction to momentarily draw them away from Him. Yet they knew where to find relief. They prayed to God their Refuge and trusted Him with their circumstances. 

Have you ever dreamed of turning away from your situation and running? If we’re honest with ourselves, we have all probably desired to flee. But running away won’t bring peace. It will only magnify the sorrow. 

Run to the God of relief, shout out your misery, and place your trust in Him. Take David’s advice and cast your burden upon the Lord. He will sustain you and give you peace (Psalm 55:22).


  1. This is an outstanding powerful account and life changing examples to think about when facing chaos and great challenges. I think this is the one I like the most because regardless of what day it is, this encouragement will work. Debbie only heaven reveal stuff like this. You keep it real and that is wonderful. Thank you so much for the light that you shine when writing from God's powerful perfect Word. Girl, you have got THE gift.