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The Light Touch of God

The hand of God touches us lightly

The hand of God touches us lightly

Published on: May 6, 2009

Linda was flustered after the last class. I asked her why. She told me that when she volunteered to help me with my registration of students, that she had not realized what an inconvenience it had become for her. I reminded her that she was a volunteer and did not have to help at all. But she is a woman of her word and honor. I encouraged her that it was OK and that I could take care of the registration myself if it was too difficult for her. She said that she would try to help me tomorrow, then leave early when done. I said, OK.

As she was walking out the door, I paused and stopped her.

“Linda,” I said. “Did not Jesus say his yoke was easy and His burden light?”

“Yes, He did say that.”

“Don’t you think that we Christians should also have easy yokes and light burdens upon one another, then?”

“You would think so.”

“Yet, how often do we place heavy expectations upon one another instead? I want you to know that my confidence is in Christ’s help with my business. He will make a way, and I don’t want you to feel burdened in this matter.”

She thanked me, then left for home. Later in that afternoon she sent me an email saying that she would not be able to come in and help as she promised, would that be fine?

I wrote back, that was fine. Then I added, “Never condemn yourself for doing what you know is right.”

This experience got me to think further on the topic. The way of God in our lives is very easy. He does not place heavy burdens upon us, nor hard expectations. But how hard we are with one another! Isaiah said:

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. (Isa 42:3 KJV)

The usual thought is that His tenderness is there for the really hurting, but for all of us who are walking with Him, He has another standard. But He doesn’t have another standard. He is kind and tender towards us all. We might even think that He is only kind to those in covenant with Him through the new birth. But that is not true, either. He is kind and tender to all the lost as well.

I am the first to admit that I can be as a bull charging through a china shop. But I have seen the work of His Spirit in my life, and I praise the Lord that He is changing me.

No one likes to feel trapped. Even God gives us a way of escape from temptation (1 Cor. 10:13). Should we have a heavy hand towards others when He has a light touch upon us? Heavy handedness is the way of the world, not the Kingdom of God.

Let us treat one another with a light touch, too.

Comments to Original Post

Doug Spencer
Submitted on 05/06/2009

Nice thought Alex as I know I put too many burdens and/or expectations on myself at times. It reminded me years ago when I was practicing law in Hawaii and I had to learn to say “no” to people asking for help. It was liberating when I learned to do so. This newfound freedom gave me the liberty to pick and choose those whom I really wanted to help. This mindsight has followed through well after I stopped practicing law years ago and I rarely feel burdend to help someone unless I really want to or felt lead to do do so.

In other words, if the burden to help isn’t light, it isn’t right. I think that is what you are saying.

Thanks for a good word today.

Alexander Douglas
Submitted on 05/06/2009

That is a really good way to say it, Doug! I was thinking from my own point of view of releasing others (the class mother, Linda), but your point is just as important. Well said! I hope Linda understands your point, too.

Kat
Submitted on 05/09/2009

Alex, that is very close to what I am hearing, too. Thanks for sharing that. Was just discussing prayer with another brother — all about how people believe that those who fast three days a week and fast 8 hours a day are more holy than others. Yet when the Lord joins me in prayer, it’s usually more like a dance bewteen us. It’s pleasant and refreshing. Not hard at all.

Alexander Douglas
Submitted on 05/09/2009

Fasting and prayer does not make anyone “more holy” but there is certainly a great benefit to it. We are called to seek God with our whole heart, and when you really need to hear God, fasting and prayer often brings a response from Him.

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