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  • Writer's pictureJohn Phillips

Give Your Burdens To The Lord

Valerie and I are always thanking God for the blessing of such wonderful friends here at Pinnacle church. One of those good friends recently cleared some land and generously offered to give us some of the wood. Well, chopping firewood seemed like a good idea at the time, and it was only when I began to lift some of the logs into the back of the truck that I started having second thoughts! Luckily, I had another of those good friends with me that day who came alongside and helped me lift the weight of those logs when my strength was about gone.

You know, it got me thinking about how the Lord helps each of us with our heavy spiritual burdens in life. At least that’s what He wants to do for us, if we'll just let go and allow Him to help us. The bible reminds us that we are to,

"Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." (Psalm 55:22)

Maybe you’ve talked to the Lord about your burdens, but you've failed to trust Him with them. It’s sort of like a car in need of repair, it’s not enough to tell the mechanic about it; you’ve got to leave it with him! Perhaps the main rea- son why most of us won’t let go of our burden is that we want to keep it in our control. Sometimes, we're just plain stubborn or too afraid to hand the burden over to the Lord. Stubborn because we want to do things our way, or afraid be- cause we don't trust what the Lord will do with it. Either way, the result will be a spiritual hernia from trying to carry what you should never be trying to carry alone!

Let me ask you, what will it take for you to cast your weight of cares over to the Lord? The moment that you surrender your stubborn pride and admit to the Lord, “I need your help here,” will be the moment that you’ll trade stress for peace and your burdens for His rest! If you're not experiencing that peace in the midst of your burdens, then it’s obvious that you're still trying to carry the weight by yourself!

I’m glad that I was able to count on a friend to help me lift all those heavy logs! Today, you can count on Jesus to help you bear the heaviest of burdens if you will only surrender to Him by obedience to the gospel’s call. If you woke up carrying a heavy load today, why not let it go and count on Jesus to give you his perfect peace!


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