Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
A “burden” is defined in English as: “a load or a weight”. When we speak of a “burden” we most often mean that something we are dealing with is “heavy or difficult to bear”.
The scripture that we just read in Psalm 55 characterizes a “burden” as “our lot in life”; meaning “that which is given to us to bear”. The definition also carries within it the idea of the burden being a challenge for the bearer.
Every person in this life has their own battle to fight. One may have to deal with a disability. Another may have to deal with difficult family issues. Others may be involved in an intense battle to change a prevailing, evil mindset. If our battle continues for an extended period of time, it becomes a “burden” according to the scriptural definition.
Burdens create anxiety when they create questions within us. First, we just begin to get tired of an unchanging situation. Then, we begin to ask questions as to why the situation does not change. These questions work against our faith and build doubts within us. Doubt and fear create their own separate burden, which is added to the one we already deal with on a daily basis. Suddenly, we feel overwhelmed and the burden seems to be crushing the life out of us.
God tells us what to do with the burdens that we bear. The Psalm we read earlier tells us that we are to “cast our burdens upon the Lord”. Now, just because we cast a burden upon the Lord does not mean that the burden will suddenly vanish. Often, it will remain. But, when we give it to God, we sense the burden has lifted although it has not disappeared.
Oswald Chamber wrote this in “My Utmost For His Highest”:
“We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong.We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him–to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord….” If we set out to serve God and do His work but get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility we feel will be overwhelming and defeating. But if we only roll back on God the burdens He has placed on us, He will take away that immense feeling of responsibility, replacing it with an awareness and understanding of Himself and His presence.”
Life has its burdens. Ministry has its burdens. Some burdens God will remove; others are just part of our calling or witness. Don’t allow doubt and fear to jump on top of you, adding a weight to your life that crushes you.
Isaiah 9:6: “The government will be upon His shoulders.”
If you submit your burden to His authority then the load of your burden shifts to His shoulders!
Nothing in your life can defeat you; no burden is too heavy, no responsibility too overwhelming IF we give it all over to the authority of Christ. Allow His word to speak to the burden and allow His Spirit to lift the weight.
You are not alone. There are many just like you who face battle everyday over whether Jesus or their burden will control their life and destiny. God has intended everything in your life to work toward your reward in heaven.
Don’t curse your burden!
Don’t nurse your self-pity!
Reverse the process of defeat.
Disperse the weight of your burden by giving God authority to reveal Himself however He desires in your life!
Whether your burden vanishes or remains, the load will lighten and you will shout for joy at the miracle working power of your God!
- Shackled by a Heavy Burden? (kimberlynyborg.com)