What the Bible Says About the State of the World in the Last Days

“When ye see shall see these things, know that it is near.”

Matthew 24:33 – King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)

When Your Cross is Too Hard To Carry


Handfuls of Purpose –“And let fall also [some] handfuls of purpose.” – Ruth 2:16

Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life

“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”

– Matthew 16:24

Ever complain about your cross in life? A Christian once complained to God about it, so God took him to His storehouse and told him, “You are free to choose whatever cross you like.” The man walked around the vast storehouse and saw many different crosses. There was one that was golden and beautiful, but also very heavy. Another was light, but rugged, and was apt to wound one’s shoulder. He continued looking around the storehouse until he discovered in the corner, a cross, which he thought, would suit him. God granted his request and invited him to examine it more closely.

“Have a better look at it.” God said. The man looked back at the cross he had chosen only to realize it was the cross which he had originally received from God.

A cross is always difficult to bear and is usually perfectly fitted for a particular Christian. Why does God allow such “crosses” in our lives? God uses the crosses we carry in this life to teach us life lessons. I have cried out to God many times for Him to take away a particular cross in my life, only to realize later in life that He was teaching me something of far more value than I could understand or possibly bear at the time. Perhaps the answers too many of our questions are in the very cross that we carry today.

Edith Stein had been a secularized Jew in Germany during World War II, a woman whom Judaism meant nothing. When she became a Christian, she learned to value her Jewish heritage. As a Jewish Christian, she expressed her heartfelt desire in one sentence: “I wish to be a martyr for the church, for Carmel, my Jewish people, Germany, and all those whom God had given me.” Along with 987 other Jews, she was sent to Auschwitz death camp in 1942. She and three of her sisters were killed, among hundreds of others. Yet, through her cross, Edith had found the voice of her heritage, and her God.

Edith was said to have had two sayings that she often repeated during her difficult times: “God sometimes hides Himself from us in order that we might experience the joy of being found.” and, “Sober thinking is also an exquisite manner of worship.”

The cross you carry today may seem too difficult for you to carry, but by embracing it, you may find the very thing that has eluded you for most of your life. Through the path of the cross, you will come to experience the true image of God intervening in your life, just beyond your human perception. It is well for our souls to heed the words of the One who bore our shame on His cross, when He says to us “Take up your cross and follow me.”

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