2018-08-09 - Lay Down Your Burdens
I know people who won't read the last book of the Bible - The Revelation. It is prophecy. A story given to us about the last days. If you want to cheat and read the end and see who wins, it is such an encouragement. In those last two chapters is a description of the place that will be our home. The New Jerusalem. An amazing city with streets paved with gold, huge foundation stones made of gems, and more. Jesus sits on the throne at the very center of the city.
Psalms 55:22 Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
How do you cast your burdens on the Lord? He has already told us He would take them. The problem for many of us is that we try to give them to Jesus, and them take them back. If you do that they are no longer His to carry any more.
Imagine. Close your eyes and imagine wrapping your burdens in a canvas bag and tie the bag shut. Pick up the bag and walk into the throne room of the New Jerusalem. Believers standing row after row after row singing praises to the Lord. Tens of thousands of people. As they sing you make your way down the stairs onto the floor as clear as glass. You continue to carry your burdens toward the throne. Upon approaching the ring of 24 elders you stop and look up toward Jesus looking down at you. He smiles as you place the bag on the floor and take a step back. Kneeling face down you offer a prayer asking your Savior to take these trials from you. Looking up the bag is open and empty. The burdens are in the nail pierced palm of His hand and your heart is a little lighter. You turn and walk back singing joining the assembled worshipers praising the Lord.
Not running back to try to handle your burdens yourself again is not unusual for some of us. I'm a fixer. There are times when I should just be still and listen to a troubled friend. But my temptation is to try to resolve their trials. Sometimes little things, just being there with someone is God's plan to take their burdens away. You can be a willing tool in the hand of the master, again if you allow Him to do so.
Matt 11:28 28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Lord of All - Help us see that You are trustworthy and merciful. Help us learn from our trials that they are for our benefit - teaching us about Your love and gracious care. Amen.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.