It was David of old who said ” Cast thy burden upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee.” Yes, a person’s burden is his trouble, his life’s care, or whatever disturbs the peace of his mind, David also stated in (Ps. 25:17) “The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.” (Pas.25:17).
There is no trouble in heaven, there was none in Eden, and if we believer in Christ Jesus he will deliver us from our troubles “And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isa. 35:10).
Let us Leave to God our lot and intrust him with it.
To have a refuge in time of trouble is a great privilege.
God has made Himself to be as a refuge through the mediation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him” (Jh.14:: 6,7).
Jesus is our true refuge. He can sustain, He can deliver, He is all sufficient, note what Peter stated in (Ac.12:11) ” Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.”
Man is burdened in so many ways.
This fact is self evident and this truth is all around us. Physically, many are burdened by sever sufferings.
Mentally, many are burdened by anxieties, perplexities. Our social is not free from cares, sorrows, and distresses.
heological virtue itself is not a burden, but, by becoming religious, we becomes conscious of burdens that we did not feel before.
The mysteries of the Divine administration of human affairs,
he imperfection of our individual life,the seemingly fruitless effort for the good of ourselves and others and seasons of spiritual darkness, these are burdens ” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”
The fact that we are burdened is significant. Why are we burden?
First, It indicates that we are not inunison with the Divine order. God did not create man with a load, he did not make us to be burdened.
Secondly, It indicates also the greatness of human nature. We feel the burden, we struggle against it, we bear up under it, we strive to be rid of it Note what (II.Cor.7:1) “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” The evil of our flesh works against us daily.
We are exhorted to cast our burden upon Jesus our Saviour.
We have a strong tendency to strive to bear our own burden even when we are almost sinking beneath it. Note what (Gal.6:1) tell us “Bear ye one another’s burdens,” ” Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (Ja.5:16).
When people are being crushed by there troubles, many refuses to take there burden to the Lord.
Let us cast upon the Lord our salvation, and He shall take care of us.
There are some who do not take their burden to the Lord because their ideas of Him are false, arising from a heart estranged from Him.
Many will say God does not care for us, we may suffer, we may perish, but He does not care. He is indifferent toward us. Look at what (I.Pt5:6,7) tells us ” Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
How do we cast our burden upon the Lord ? By believing prayer, by laying all at the foot of God’s throne, let us tell Him all about our troubles and he will sustain us (Heb.4:16) “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
We can tell all to God—nothing is too secret, nothing too sacred.
We are encouraged to cast our burden upon the Lord by the assurance of his support. “ He shall sustain thee.” How ?
By removing the burden. The sin that crushes, the mystery that perplexes, the suffering that distresses,
in answer to prayer, He often removes. “Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (Jh.5:14)
By disclosing the design of the burden. When we know the reason of our troubles, in many instances their
chief painfulness is gone, and we bow reverently to the will of God “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (I.Jh.3:8).
By increasing our strength, so that we shall not be crushed by its load “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (II.Cor. 12:9,10). This is, perhaps, His most frequent method of relief. This the text clearly promises, “ He shall sustain thee.” “My grace is sufficient for thee ; for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
By unfolding to us a bright future. The toil and burden will not continue long “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Rom.14:17)