The Weight of the World

You cannot be expected to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Ancient Proverb

How often this world will get us down if we allow it to. We hear of the deeds of evil men and we think of the seemingly endless procession of those who suffer in this world, and we become discouraged. We want to help ease the pain and suffering, but there it is just too much of it for one person to handle. So, we begin to feel the weight of the world pressing down on us because we simply cannot help everyone. At times we might go so far as to wonder if there really is a God, because we see all of the suffering and injustice and we just cannot conceive that a loving God would allow such circumstances. 

But God does not want such circumstances. If there are evil consequences for evil deeds, it is only because evil people are violating God's laws by doing evil in the first place. If there are people suffering from famine and disease and other curable difficulties, it is only because someone is not doing their part.

In fact every time we think that God should do something about all of the bad things happening in the world, maybe we should realize that He already has done something - He has sent us! Perhaps we should realize that the cure for hunger is food - something that we could provide if we really wanted to. Maybe instead of accusing God for permitting the innocent to suffer, we should stop committing the evil acts that result in such consequences.

The reality is that God has a solution for all of the world's curable ills... and that solution is us. You and I cannot change the world, but we can do something about our little corner of the world. So, instead of trying to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders, why not instead seek to ease the burdens of those whom God has put us here to help in the first place? It's really not that hard to do, when you think about it. God will take care of His part if we will just take care of ours. Sometimes... it is as simple as giving a drink of water to someone who is thirsty.

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward. Matthew 10:42, NIV