“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (I Peter 5:6-7)
In the mid to late 1870s, the British government passed the Merchant Shipping Act. This law required each cargo ship to bear a mark on it bow to indicate when the ship had received the maximum amount of cargo permitted for a safe trip. If that mark was below the water-line, the ship was required to unload enough cargo to bring the mark up to the water level. This marking was called the “Plimsoll Mark” or “Plimsoll Line.” It was name for Samuel Plimsoll, the British reformer who was instrumental in the passage of this law.
Whenever I read I Peter 5:6-7, I am encouraged because I have been MARKED by God — and so have you if you have confessed and repented of your sin and placed your faith in Christ! God has placed “Plimsoll Mark” on each one of us. He is aware and concerned about all our sorrows and trials. God know the limit that we can bear.
I’ll tell you the truth — there are times when I have wondered if God has allowed my Plimsoll Mark to fall below the water line! But He always reminds me that He is faithful and He has kept me afloat even when I thought my ship was sunk!!!
Vance Havner used to tell the story of an older woman who had a great many problems — both real and imaginary. One day, her family had endured about all they could take. One of her grandchildren finally said, “Grandma, we have done everything we can do for you. You are just going to have to trust God for the rest.” Grandma had a great look of despair on her face and she said, “Oh dear! Has it finally come to that?”
Dr. Havner commented on this story by saying — “It ALWAYS comes to that, so we might as well begin with that! God’s Word tells us to bring every concern once and for all to the Lord. Since He offers to handle our problems, why not let Him? Let us go about our daily tasks expecting God to take care of US, while we take care of our DUTIES.”
Remember — you and I don’t have to struggle beneath the water-line. Jesus Christ is the great burden bearer and He stands ready to comfort and assist us.
“Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer:
Can we find a friend so faithful, who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness, take it to the Lord in prayer.”
The Bible assures us that if it burdens us — we can give it to Jesus because He really does care for us!
I probably won’t write any more this week as I will be traveling to Charlotte, NC on Wednesday for the Real Evangelism Conference at First Baptist Church, Indian Trail. This is a conference I look forward to every year — great preaching and great singing. I get to see some old friends and God always uses this to minister to my life. Pray for me as I travel. See you next week!
Have a great Tuesday.