Sunday, August 4, 2013

I Must Tell Jesus

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ... who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God." (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Far too many of us carry burdens and cares of life unnecessarily.  It's not our fault, really -- most of us have just grown up in a culture that teaches us to try and "make it" on our own... pulling ourselves up by our own "bootstraps," being independent and self-sufficient.  We're taught (consciously and not) that it's a sign of "weakness" to ask for help... whether it's help from others (like from a friend, family member, pastor, Stephen Minister, counselor, etc.), or even from God Himself.

And yet, how many of us have ever really found relief from burdens and cares all by ourselves? If we're honest, I'd say very, very few ever have (if any at all).  Freedom and release is only truly found when we honestly share our burdens with safe people and with God.

Back in 1893, Elisha A. Hoffman wrote the words to this now-famous hymn that captures well what will truly help us...

            "I must tell Jesus all of my trials;
             I cannot bear these burdens alone;
             In my distress He kindly will help me;
             He ever loves and cares for His own.

            Refrain:  I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
            I cannot bear my burdens alone;
            I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus!
            Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

            I must tell Jesus all of my troubles;
            He is a kind, compassionate friend;
            If I but ask Him, He will deliver,
            Make of my troubles quickly an end. (Refrain)

            Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior;
            One Who can help my burdens to bear;
            I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus;
            He all my cares and sorrows will share. (Refrain)

            O how the world to evil allures me!
            O how my heart is tempted to sin!
            I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
            Over the world the victory to win. (Refrain)”

[--Lyrics by Elisha A. Hoffman (1893), cited in ]

Whatever it is that you're burdened by today, I invite you first to talk to Jesus about it in your prayer life.  Honestly admit to him your struggle.  Then allow his strength to give you courage to share it honestly and confidentially with a safe person of faith around you, so that God can use them to bring you hope and healing!  Always remember that God loves you and I do, too!

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