Becoming Like Jesus: Silence and Solitude


The Burden-bearing God


Heavenly Father, here I am. Teach me more about who you are today. Jesus, make me more like you in these moments. Holy Spirit, please open my eyes to what you want me to see and help me to hear your voice. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. Psalm 68:19-20 NIV


We serve a God who is willing to daily bear our burdens. The same God who literally died and got up from His own grave, reminds us to cast our cares on Him because He deeply cares for us. He invites us to draw near. The beautiful thing about God is that He is both strong enough to handle the weight of all our burdens, pain, and anxiety and He’s loving enough to want to.

What’s a concern or burden you want Jesus to help you bear? Hand that over to Him today.

What would it look like to daily allow Jesus to bear your burdens? What can you build into your daily routine that reminds you to cast your cares on Him?

In your own words, describe what it means for God to be a God who saves.


Set a timer for 5-10 minutes.

Lead into your listening by praying Psalm 46:10 over yourself. “Be still and know that I am God.” Still yourself. Take some deep breaths. Keep repeating those words, dropping off one phrase at a time, until you are just reminding yourself to “Be.”

Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I AM.
Be still and know.
Be still.

Ask God to speak to you.

When you get distracted, come back to Jesus by holding your hands open and offering your cares and concerns to your heavenly Father who is strong enough to handle them and loving enough to want to.