He’s Got Your Back
Every issue that we face, every situation that comes up, all boils back to the question whether or, not we trust that God has our back. Of course, our quick answer might be, “Of course, I believe God has my back.” But, think through choices that you have made in the last few weeks. Has that belief been reflected? When EVERY situation popped up, did you really believe that God had His best in mind for you personally? When He allowed you to have that car wreck? When He allowed that gossip to be spread about you? When He allowed yet another illness in your family? Did you really know that He held you and your family in the palm of His hand, not to crush you, but to nurture, love, protect and guide you? Did you really know that He had your back?
When we know that God without a doubt “has” a situation, things look very differently than when we think we have to have all the answers. Psalm 28:7-9 says, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart rejoices, and I praise Him with my song. The LORD is the strength of His people; He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed. Save Your people, bless Your possession, shepherd them and carry them forever.”
In verse seven of this passage, we see that our strength is the Lord. If we are relying on our own strength, we will never be in a place of believing that He has our back. Most of us know this mentally so, why can’t we live it out on a daily basis?
Verse seven gives us some insight into this as well. It says, “…my heart trusts in Him and I am helped.” I have found that when I am trusting God with everything, every situation, when I am living out the truth that He has my back, I SEE His help. It’s always been there, but when I am trying to figure things out on my own, my perspective is off. But, when I am in a place of trust, I am anticipating His help. I am in a constant state of looking for His guidance because I KNOW it’s there.
How many times with a child or, a grandchild are we willing to help, but they just won’t ask us for it? We try to give them advice or, lend a helping hand, but they throw their little arms up and say, “I got this. I got this.” Your heart breaks because you know a fifty pound kid cannot lift a sixty pound weight, but you have to wait until they realize they don’t have the strength to do it. They must learn to trust you with the weight.
Isn’t that just like us? God places a situation, a ministry, a weight in front of us NEVER expecting us to lift it on our own, but that’s what we try to do. We are trying to carry this enormous responsibility and God is saying, “That is NOT what I meant for you to do when I gave you this load. I was going to carry that for you. Give it to Me. Let Me be your strength.”
What are we doing? We are throwing our arms up and saying, “I got this. I got this.” He then chooses to wait until we realize that we DO NOT have it. He waits to see when we will trust Him with the weight.
Do you realize that Jesus Himself had help to carry the cross? The only perfect human to ever walk the face of the planet was born for one purpose, the cross. Yet, when the physical action had to take place, He needed help. What makes us think that we do not?
Matthew 11:30 says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. If our burden is killing us, we need to evaluate whose burden we are carrying because it is not the right one. It is not God’s weight for us.
If we really believe that God has our back, we also believe He carries our load. After all, that’s where we pack it, right? We are all hunkered over from the load that we think God has called us to carry when He is saying, “I’ve got this.” When we know in our heart of hearts that He has our back, we know that He has our load.
I want to encourage you to give God your load today and to come to the place where you know without a doubt that He has your back.
A good place to start is by asking The Holy Spirit to teach us how to do this. Isaiah 30:20-21 says, “…He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. And your ears will hear a word behind you, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right or to the left.’”
We have to ask God to teach us how to give our loads to Him. Ask Him to teach us that He has every situation. Ask Him to teach us how to live with the assurance that He has our back no matter what. We have to ask Him to teach us to live in a way that is in tune with His ways and not our natural, independent selves.
If we feel that we are all stooped over with a burden that we feel called to carry, a great verse to pray is one we mentioned earlier in Matthew 11:30. We could pray, “Lord, Your Word says that Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light. I’m not feeling very light right now. Help me to let go of what is not mine to carry and trust You alone with the full weight designed for me.”
When we are asking, He will show us. He will teach us. He will train us. That is our God. That is our sweet Savior. And, by the way, He’s got your back. Never doubt it.