Supporting the Burdens of Others Day 4: The Support of Our Helper
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22, ESV)
It’s wonderful to have the support of our friends, family, and other believers, but how incredible it is that we have the support of our Savior every day! We don’t have to come to Him in a certain manner or at a certain time of day—His arms are always open to us, no matter what state we are in. If you don’t have a personal relationship with Christ, I pray that you may accept His free gift of salvation. Each of us is born into this world a sinner. Our sin cannot enter Heaven and, as a result of our sin, we deserve only to be in hell for all eternity. That’s a terrifying thought, but I’m so incredibly thankful that’s not the end of the story. Jesus Christ came to this earth and bore the penalty of our sins on the cross; we don’t have to pay the price for our sins—He already paid it. Come to Him today and be saved!
I’ve sat in many gospel preaching services and often heard the verse “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). This verse is often applied to salvation and how when we come to Christ with our burden of sin, He can and will remove it. As a Christian, not only did I come to Him for my burden of sin to be removed, but I can come to Him with anything that has me discouraged or weighed down. Being a Christ-follower doesn’t mean that I’m automatically doing great at all times (those of you who know me will agree). There are still areas that I struggle with and I fall into sin, but I can bring those things before the Lord and ask for help. He will never turn us away when we approach Him, no matter what the burden or sin might be.
I love the promise in Psalm 55 that if we bring our burdens to the Lord, “he will sustain [us].” Not only will we feel a tremendous weight being lifted by sharing our burden, but we have His promise that He will strengthen and support us. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the moment we bring the burden before Him everything will be resolved, like some magic formula. But it may mean that we get clarity about the situation, giving us peace in that moment. We also find comfort in knowing that we aren’t alone in what we are going through—He is in it with us. If we carry our burdens to Him and lay them at His feet, there is no need for us to carry them around anymore. That’s much easier said than done; I often find myself giving the burden to Him, then going right back to pick it up again. I pray that we may be able to willingly leave our burdens with Him and, in turn, receive peace, comfort, and strength that can only come from our Heavenly Savior.
If you have burdens that you’re carrying around right now, take a moment and pray. What is stopping you from bringing them to Christ? He will never turn you away or shame you for whatever you may be going through. He loves you with an everlasting love, and I pray that you may approach Him in prayer and lay everything that weighs you down at His feet.
P.S. “Lay ‘Em Down” by NEEDTOBREATHE is a good one if you need an extra push to lay those burdens down.