Sharing our burdens is pretty easy most of the time.
There seems to always be a listening ear somewhere, whether
it is a friend, co-worker, someone in our church family, or a
close family member.
But what about those times we are dealing with something we don’t necessarily want to share with anyone. I recently had such an occasion that I will not be sharing here by the way, so for those of you whose antennas were just raised, you can put them down!
One morning I was wishing I could sit down with someone and open up my heart about something that was troubling me. Then, even though I never talked with him about much of anything, I wished I could talk to my Dad, who passed away several years ago. I actually cried out, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy!” At that moment, a still small voice in my heart said, “You can talk to your Father.” And that’s just what I did. He already knew all about it anyway. Within minutes, my burden was lifted! I still had a situation to deal with, but my heart was stilled and no longer troubled. When we share our burdens, whether we realize it or not, the people we share them with take it upon themselves, at least to some degree. Our hearts feel the pain of someone who has lost a loved one, become ill, or has a need for which they cannot provide. We are to do our best to bear one another's burdens, but we are also able to cast our burdens upon the Lord. He can truly and fully bear them for us.
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." I Peter 2:24
This verse took on a new meaning to me. I see more clearly what it means that Jesus “bore our sins.” For we cannot bear them alone. We truly can have victory in Jesus, as we strive to live in harmony with Him.
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