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11.29.19 – What will I choose to do with my “sensitivity”?

I imagine that God’s heart can “feel” in a way that is so beyond any kind of sensitivity we can possibly imagine…deeper than deep.

He is all knowing, all-understanding. He knows the smallest details and He knows the full story.

He’s feels and understands the weight of every tragic thing, every one who is suffering, every heart that is broken, every word that’s spoken against Him, every action of hatred, every misconception about who He really is, about who His Son is….

How often they defied and rebelled against Him in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert!” – Psalm 78:40

Can you imagine how He must have felt, creating mankind, just wanting to spend time and pour out His love on His creation for eternity… and then we rebel against Him. How that must have grieved Him…

“When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it…” – Luke 19:41

He’s not a cold, distant God. He knows and understands all things, He’s sensitive.

I love Hebrews 4:14-16 in The Passion Translation,

Jesus, Our Compassionate King-Priest

14 So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. 15 He understands humanity, for as a Man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin. 16 So now we come freely and boldly to where love is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.

He is the Almighty God, and He cares for us with compassion and gentleness. He’s aware of it all. He understands and feels the depths of it all, but… He’s a BIG God, He’s strong, and He can handle it all, because of who He is, because of His love.

“See, the Sovereign Lord comes with power,
    and he rules with a mighty arm
See, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense accompanies him.
11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:
    He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart;
    he gently leads 
those that have young.” – Isaiah 40:10-11

I tend to be sensitive –sometimes sensitive beyond what I can handle, overly tender —way more than what I’m comfortable with.

If I’m not careful, sensitivity will get the best of me if I find myself trying to hang onto the things that can come with it. If I go beyond what I am supposed to “do” with it, if I don’t hand it over to the Lord, the enemy will attempt to get ahold of it, twist it, run with it, and turn it into something it was never intended to be used for.

What happens when I attempt to hang on to things? What happens when I don’t use “sensitivity” as it was intended on being used?

Overthinking, frustration, offense, heaviness…the places where the enemy knows just where to punch us can get “punched”…

“Did I do this right? Did I do this wrong?

Dwelling on regrets or stupid things I’ve said or done or things I didn’t say or do that I wish I would have…

Why would I do this when He has offered to take the burden from me? Have I forgotten that I am weak and He is strong? That He is able?

“He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom.” -Isaiah 40:11

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28–30

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:6, 7

God is teaching me to let things go, and I’m finding that it’s a process to be learned. There are times He allows me to learn the hard way so that I will learn to take His way.

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7

He is teaching me that it’s okay to be sensitive — sensitivity is a good thing, but I have to make a choice on what I am going to do with it.

Will I let my mind get carried away, will I allow my flesh to react? Or will I recognize what’s going on, immediately run to the Lord about it… will I hand it over to Him so that He can take the heavy thing that could risk weighing me down? He has given us peace and comfort in exchange for our heavy burdens. ?

“He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross.” – 1 Peter 2:24

“Hearken to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb; even to your old age I am He, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.” – Isaiah 46:3-4

What a beautiful thing He does for us.

And it isn’t just for us….it’s not just for our own sakes…. it’s for the sake of others who need to experience Christ in us.

If we are weighed down, how can we function as we should?

He knows this. ?He knows best.

Thank You, Father. ❤️Help us to let go.

-Heather ?

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