Burdens

Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

Burdens draw us to the Lord. Oh, the blessing a burden gives! As much as I want to flee it, I can’t escape. It draws me to the end of myself into the amazing provision of God. I am sustained and secured. My life is honed with precision as he controls the burdens I have. 

True, some burdens are not mine to carry. But the ones He gives are to be embraced. Even then, they are to be shared with Him. And, when we work together, He gives more strength, joy, peace and pleasure.

In ministry, he allows the burdens to weaken me so that I remember to give them to him. Sufficient grace rises with an awareness and understanding of himself and his presence. I can always be strong in his strength.

Some burdens indicate incompleteness. In 2 Chronicles 15 Asa is seriously and courageously dealing with the idolatry among his people. At the end of the chapter, there is a short summary verse. 

Although the pagan shrines were not removed from Israel, Asa’s heart remained completely faithful throughout his life (v. 17).

The inside (heart) was right but not all of the outside. Oswald Chambers writes:

Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. 

That one thing becomes a needless burden to bear. How content I am when most of my life is in order. Totally submitting to the Lord requires unceasing attention. Honestly, how I wish I could go from one mountain top experience to another with little effort. The truth is so different. Total surrender, is a heart decision. The giving up of only external things could be a sign of being in total bondage. I don’t know a greater burden.

Lord, be my burden bearer. Help me submit my heart and actions to you. Show me the one thing that interferes with this. 

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