Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Knowing And Accepting You Lot In Life
Psa 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord - This may be regarded as an address of the psalmist to himself, or to his own soul - an exhortation to himself to roll all his care upon the Lord, and to be calm. It is expressed, however, in so general language, that it may be applicable to all persons in similar circumstances. Compare Mat_11:28-29; Phi_4:6-7; 1Pe_5:7. The Margin here is, “gift.” The “literal” rendering would be, “Cast upon Jehovah what he hath given (or laid upon) thee; that is, thy lot.” (Gesenius, Lexicon) The phrase, “he gives thee,” here means what he appoints for thee; what he allots to thee as thy portion; what, in the great distribution of things in his world, he has assigned to “thee” to be done or to be borne; cast it all on him.
Receive the allotment as coming from him; as what “he” has, in his infinite wisdom, assigned to thee as thy portion in this life; as what “he” has judged it to be best that then shouldest do or bear; as “thy” part of toil, or trouble, or sacrifice, in carrying out his great arrangements in the world.
All that is to be “borne” or to be “done” in this world he has “divided up” among people, giving or assigning to each one what He thought best suited to his ability, his circumstances, his position in life - what “he” could do or bear best - and what, therefore, would most conduce to the great end in view. That portion thus assigned to “us,” we are directed to “cast upon the Lord;” that is, we are to look to him to enable us to do or to bear it. As it is “his” appointment, we should receive it, and submit to it, without complaining; as it is “his” appointment, we may feel assured that no more has been laid upon us than is commensurate with our ability, our condition, our usefulness, our salvation.
We have not to rearrange what has been thus appointed, or to adjust it anew, but to do all, and endure all that he has ordained, leaning on his arm.
And he shall sustain thee - He will make you sufficient for it. The word literally means “to measure;” then to hold or contain, as a vessel or measure; and then, to hold up or sustain “by” a sufficiency of strength or nourishment, as life is sustained. Gen_45:11; Gen_47:12; Gen_50:21; 1Ki_4:7; 1Ki_17:4. Here it means that God would give such a “measure” of strength and grace as would be adapted to the duty or the trial; or such as would be sufficient to bear us up under it. Compare the notes at 2Co_12:9.
He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved - literally, “He will not give moving forever to the righteous.” That is, he will not so appoint, arrange, or permit things to occur, that the righteous shall be “ultimately” and “permanently” removed from their steadfastness and their hope; he will not suffer them to fall away and perish.
In all their trials and temptations he will sustain them, and will ultimately bring them off in triumph. The meaning here cannot be that the righteous shall never be “moved” in the sense that their circumstances will not be changed; or that none of their plans will fail; or that they will never be disappointed; or that their minds will never in any sense be discomposed; but that whatever trials may come upon them, they will be “ultimately” safe. Compare Psa_37:24.
Barnes said a lot, so much I do not know what to add, but I have some other observations and bible truths on our ordained lot in life.
1. The Levites when the promise land was divided by the tribes, the Levites were not given an inheritance, for their portion was the lord. They did not get any of their own land as did the other tribes. They were given areas near tribes to raise food and such, and that was it. This can be true in life today, many times a minister will have no place he owns, a Church Parsonage, a car, not the minsters always, owned by the Church, this is the case in many main line denominations. The lord is all our portion in the N.T. I speak of different callings as Barnes pointed out, also some are called to carry a heaver load than another, some are called to suffer more than others, the lord knows what he has called us to do, be, and we are to do it resting in him.
Jos 14:3 For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan: but unto the Levites he gave none inheritance among them.
Jos 14:4 For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim: therefore they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs for their cattle and for their substance.
2. Jesus had no where to lay his head, no home, he as looking to heaven.
3. Paul , the suffering Apostle suffered, as he as called. Other Apostles, we have no record on their life, aside from Peter, we have 'Foxes Book of Martyrs' that in Ch one, tell us the traditional belief how the Apostles died,but not much else.
WE know much about John, we know James was the leader in Jerusalem, but that is it.
The lord calls us to our appointment, it is tailor made for us , it is his will, it is our lot. We are never to complain about our lot, some have been given a very hard lot, a very hard life it seems, but if your in the lord and one of his, all is from his hands, we are told, no matter how hard our lot, the lord will sustain us, and give what is needed according to his wisdom not ours. I have learned not to question the lords dealings but accept my lot, as you must accept your lot.
thy burden — literally, “gift,” what is assigned you.
he shall sustain — literally, “supply food,” and so all need (Psa_37:25; Mat_6:11).
to be moved — from the secure position of His favor (compare Psa_10:6).
Barnes wrote the same thing, what it means in the Greek, our lot is our gift. Can you look at your lot in life as a gift? It is, 'every good and perfect gift comes down from the father of lights'.
Cast thy gift upon the Lord” (so some read it); “whatever blessings God has bestowed upon thee to enjoy commit them all to his custody, and particularly commit the keeping of thy soul to him.” Or, “Whatever it is that thou desirest God should give thee, leave it to him to give it to thee in his own way and time.
Cast thy care upon the Lord,” so the Septuagint, to which the apostle refers, 1Pe_5:7. Care is a burden; it makes the heart stoop (Pro_12:25); we must cast it upon God by faith and prayer, commit our way and works to him; let him do as seemeth him good, and we will be satisfied.
To cast our burden upon God is to stay ourselves on his providence and promise, and to be very easy in the assurance that all shall work for good. If we do so, it is promised,
1. That he will sustain us, both support and supply us, will himself carry us in the arms of his power, as the nurse carries the sucking-child, will strengthen our spirits so by his Spirit as that they shall sustain the infirmity. He has not promised to free us immediately from that trouble which gives rise to our cares and fears; but he will provide that we be not tempted above what we are able, and that we shall be able according as we are tempted.
2. That he will never suffer the righteous to be moved, to be so shaken by any troubles as to quit either their duty to God or their comfort in him. However, he will not suffer them to be moved for ever (as some read it); though they fall, they shall not be utterly cast down.
The part about our lot being a gift can help us to accept this free gift, it makes us able to do what we are called to do. Many just run out and do this or that, we must consult the lord and get his will, understand his call for us. Beloved , it maybe a hard lot, a hard place, it may be something we resist over and over, but this gift is not to be despised it must be fully embraced.
Grasping our lot as a true gift can help with gratitude, it can abolish resistance, it can defeat complaining and grumbling. The gift, your lot, whatever it is un- wrap that holy gift today and walk in it the way it is laid out and do not get off that path until the lord moves you elsewhere.