Thought for the week by pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 ‘I will put upon you none other burden.’Rev 2:24

In our Tuesday night Bible Study meetings we have been looking at the letters to the churches in the book of Revelation and making comparisons with our own lives and church. Last week, we looked at the letter to the church in Thyatira.

When I went home I was rereading the letter and noticed these words. They spoke quite clearly to me in a different way from our study.

There was suddenly that near presence of Christ that we cannot magic up. The presence that comes when He chooses. He was with me. I could feel His gentleness and kindness. The kind of feeling you have as a child when a kindly adult takes over and does something you’ve been struggling to do for ages! His words were a relief and I could easily see how they could apply in several situations in relation to myself. Life had been incredibly busy, I hadn’t been very well and on top of all that, we have an overseas mission ahead of us this week. So to think life wouldn’t get any worse was quite a relief!

The next verse says:

‘Hold tightly to what you have until I come.’ (Verse 25)

Sometimes all that is required of us is to hold on tightly when our cup is full. To take on board even one extra duty is enough to make us feel strained. When we have days or seasons like that we need to just hold on tightly to what we know and believe to be true. Walk consistently with Him, our joy will come again. He will help us. He will never allow life to become too difficult for He will carry us through the waters. They will not overwhelm us if we stay in Christ.

‘Joy will come in the morning.’ Psalm 30:5

To the best of your ability, steer a straight course even through your difficulties. What you cannot do, Christ can manage easily! When life gets tough, hold on tightly and remember these words:

‘I will put upon you none other burden.’