In life, we carry with us varying burdens — a debilitating health issue, uncertain job prospects, difficult relationships, the exhausting demands of caring for family members with
special needs (aging parents, young kids), the anguish over a prodigal child or the salvation of loved ones. These different burdens sometimes spin out of control and leave us feeling helpless, uncertain, afraid, alone, anxious, and disheartened.
Burdens are the unseen load on our backs, yet they can be overwhelmingly heavy. They weigh us down, robbing us of the joy of the Lord and draining the ‘life’ out of us. We live frantically trying to ‘fix’ those burdens in our lives.
According to author Warren Wiersbe, burdens are not accidents but God’s appointments. They help us to grow in the Lord by learning patience and exercising our faith muscles. They also teach us how to trust God and to live a day at a time. Difficult as it may be to believe that God’s divine plan is at work, it is precisely this struggle between what we think about God versus what the Word says that refines our faith.
In Psalm 55:22, David wrote, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall” (New Living Translation).
When life’s burdens are more than we can bear, we can lay them at Jesus’ feet. He promises to take care of us and watch over us (cf. 1 Peter 5:7). God may either lift the burden from us, or He may not, while granting us the grace we need by “leading us to the Rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2b).
God does not want us to bear the burdens by ourselves. Our Lord Jesus is a great burden bearer. In Matthew 11:28-30, He invites us to let Him carry our burdens. In turn He will give us the rest we need:
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light’” (New Living Translation).
Who is carrying your burdens? Jesus is waiting… “who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).
Finding Rest in Him,
Lam Kok Hiang