“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.”
~ Matthew 11:28-29 (NLT)
It’s been a tough week for watching the news. Images of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana are almost too much to bear. More than 12,000 pairs of boots are on the ground in California fighting wildfires, including one that is billed the largest in Los Angeles’ history. The military threat from North Korea seems to be mounting daily. We are a nation under great burden and it is easy to grow weary.
In our personal lives too, each of us, carry burdens. One definition of this word, “burden,” is “that which is borne or carried with difficulty; that which is wearisome.” In the New Testament, the Greek word for burden, “phortion” denotes the troubles of this life.
Burden takes on many forms in our earthly life. Some bear the physical burden of illness and chronic pain. Many carry the weight of spiritual burdens, such as legalism. (Matthew 23:4 NLT) or the guilt that you just can’t seem to move beyond. (Psalm 38:4) I know several people who have recently lost their jobs, or otherwise have the daily stress of providing for their families. Burdens come in many forms, and at any given time, we are often struggling to carry and balance the weight of multiple loads.
The Bible is very clear that we will most definitely have burdens in this life. His Word doesn’t say if we carry a burden, but it promises us that when we do, Jesus will be there to lighten the load. He may not take the entire load off our shoulders, but He promises that He will be there to bear it with us.
As followers of Christ, we can take solace in this promise, which is not a short-term assurance or a one-time offer. It is a promise to us for our entire earthly life. (Isaiah 4:4 NLT)
Whatever burdens you are carrying in your mind or your heart today, know that you are not alone. As a follower of Christ, you are never left alone to fall beneath the weight you are carrying. (Psalm 145:14 NLT)
I pray for you this week that you do not let your soul grow weary. Reach out to Him, lay your burden down, and claim the rest for your soul that died to give you.