Burden Bearers

  The first time the word burden is found in the Bible, it is talking about concerns, issues and responsibilities that Moses had to bear. A suggestion was being made to let others share the load. Most of the 65 times that the word burden is used in scripture, it refers to life's intangible weights. Jeremiah even mentions a burden that the Lord seemed to have but knew what to do about it, revealing an interesting subject for further discussion at another time.
  Most of the mentions have to do with responsibilities that cannot be handled alone.  It seems to indicate that all people do have things that are the weights of life. Two things stand out in the matter.  First one is that we must depend on out side help in carrying our own burdens.  Second, we must be ready and willing to share burdens that are weighing down other people that we have personal contact with. Jesus tells us that His burden is light, "
Mt 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Do you feel the Lord's responsibilities are yours personally? Then remember that He told us to cast all our cares upon Him. That is a pretty good trade as far as I am concerned. Many of the times that burden is mentioned in scripture attest that  burdens are easily self made, yet the Lord is still willing to bless and provide relief.
 
  There is a formula for dealing with burdens.  Galatians tells us that every man must bear his own burdens and the same book tells us to bear one another's burdens. The formula is that we should be willing to handle our own burdens alone if necessary and not expect others to share, but because the Lord commands us to bear one another's burdens, we should be willing to let others help when they willingly step in to help. Did you know that the Constitution of the United States of America does not command the U.S. Government to bear our individual burdens?  Do you realize that the more we let the government bear our burdens, the more burdens it will place upon us?  More and more of your tax burden is used to placate people who are not willing to bear their own burdens.
  Burdens come in a variety of forms and outside of those we bring upon ourselves, come equally upon every human being.  This earthen vessel is the source of much of our burden
and our mental and spiritual imaginations are the second source of our burdens. Our relationships with others is the third source of our burdens. Some of these burdens are un escapable and some of them are very heavy. The Lord knows our burdens and cares for us.
  Sin causes most of our burdens. God is the only one who can or will relieve us from the burden of sin. God only deals with sin through his Son Jesus Christ. The blood of Jesus Christ will cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Have you ever spoken with someone with terminal cancer whose sins have been washed away? Have you ever been in the presence of a committed Christian whose world has crumbled under a terrific loss?  In spite of sudden disaster, it is not long before a Christian realizes how the Lord steps in and undergirds us in our need.  There is nothing that God cannot handle and the main thing we must never forget is that God does not share glory with anyone or anything.
  Study of the Word of God describes in adequate detail how people in all walks of life were faced with the burdens of life and with the help of the Lord were able to surmount those burdens with victory through faith.  Many of these burdens are exercises to make us stronger in the Lord.


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