COLUMN: Leave your burdens to the Lord

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By George Smith

Burdens! All have them because burdens are a part of life. They may refer to sickness, accident, financial reverses, or anything that is beyond our control. If we are going to live victoriously, we must learn how to handle our burdens.

The Psalmist admonishes us in Psalm 55:22 to “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee.” Whatever comes to us, we are told to lay it upon the Lord. If we do this, God will sustain (keep, nourish, strengthen) us in whatever life hands us.

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 3: 23, “We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” We need to cast our sin and guilt upon the Lord because we need forgiveness, and he is the only one who can help us.

Sin and guilt can chip away at our self-image. But God says that if we confess and repent of our sins that He will remove them as far as the East is from the West.

Suffering and sorrow, a bad or broken marriage, an overbearing boss, a chronic illness, an economic struggle, or a wayward child may need to be “cast upon the Lord.”

Disappointment and hurt should be cast upon the Lord. People will say and do things unintentionally, or sometimes intentionally, and we are hurt. We become angry, bitter, and resentful toward them. We can be hurt twice – once by the person who wronged us and again by our own anger and bitterness. Don’t try to get even. Abraham Lincoln once said, “I don't relish playing God.” That is what we do when we try to get even. Trust the justice of God. Cast that burden upon the Lord.

Life is filled with pressures and responsibilities, and some people feel they have more than their share. When the burden is cast upon him, God may or may not lighten the load, but he may strengthen us inwardly that we may bear up under them.

We cannot escape our duties and responsibilities, but we can be free from the stress and strain that accompany them if we commit ourselves to our heavenly father’s care (Mathew 11:28-30).

Many people are tense, nervous, afraid, and anxious. To live victoriously, worries and anxieties must be cast upon the Lord. If God cares for the fowls of the air and the flowers of the field, surely he will care for us. 

If God can create the world, part the Red Sea, and raise Jesus from the grave, then surely he can bear our burdens. As Washington Phillips wrote in his hymn, “Take your burden to the Lord, and leave it there.”