Activated - - NEWS - Samuel Keat­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor

In Greek mythol­ogy, Sisy­phus was known as a mas­ter trick­ster and the most cun­ning of men. Even­tu­ally, the gods were so dis­pleased with his crafti­ness and de­ceit­ful­ness that they con­demned him in the af­ter­life to push a huge boul­der up a steep hill. The boul­der was en­chanted so that Sisy­phus has never been able to com­plete the task: when­ever he nears the top, the boul­der al­ways rolls back down, over and over again, end­lessly, for all eter­nity.

That's just a story, of course, but it's an im­pres­sion we can re­late to. Doesn't it some­times feel like you are push­ing a boul­der up a hill, only to have it roll back down? Maybe it even rolls right over you on its way.

For­tu­nately, un­like Sisy­phus, we have a way out of the dis­cour­ag­ing cy­cle of ex­pend­ing a lot of ef­fort with hardly any re­sults to show, or get­ting stuck re­peat­edly in a dif­fi­cult or un­healthy sit­u­a­tion. The so­lu­tion is found in God's Word: “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sus­tain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” “God blesses those who pa­tiently en­dure test­ing

1 and temp­ta­tion. Af­ter­ward they will re­ceive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

2 The first verse in­structs us to let God bear the weight of our bur­dens in­stead of let­ting them wear us down and out. It's a re­lief to know that we can de­pend on Him, but that doesn't mean God is go­ing to mag­i­cally solve all our prob­lems. He of­ten wants us to grow and learn through the things that come our way; that's where the sec­ond verse comes in.

Faith is what un­locks God's abil­ity both to help us with our bur­dens now and bring us to vic­tory in the fu­ture. We know that we will reach the top of the hill and be able to move on. Noth­ing like poor Sisy­phus, af­ter all.

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