In the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapter 46, the Babylonians are under siege and they turned to their gods, Bel and Nebo for help. To avoid total defeat they retreated carrying their gods with them. But the dead weight of the idols dragged in slow moving carts by plodding beasts would become a burden for the Babylonians. Instead of their gods saving them, the gods would become a major factor in their defeat. We may not have gods made of gold or silver but anything we place first in our lives becomes our god, be it money, pleasure, power, success, position, etc. These false gods can drag us down just as Bel and Nebo did.
Bel and Nebo had to be carried everywhere. Picture it: "Be careful with those gods...don't drop them. We can't afford to have a broken god." Is our God that fragile? He is not! He comes to our aid, not us to his. Bel and Nebo had to be carried everywhere. Our God is everywhere. He carries us. "Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." Psalm 55:22.
Today you can lean upon the "God Who Carries". He is the true and living God, the same yesterday, today and forever. Be encouraged by God's Word: "I am God, there is no other. I am God, and there is none like me." Isaiah 46: 9. Remember this as you cope with your grief.
A boat capsized and the person in the boat began to swim for shore but became exhausted still a mile from shore. He finally gave up and when he did his feet touched bottom. He was over a sand a bar. He had been swimming furiously and struggling for a long time to keep afloat in water up to his chest, when all he had to do was put his feet down and stand. My friend, "underneath are the everlasting arms" He is the "God Who Carries!"