Before the sun rises each day, I snuggle under a blanket on my big comfy chair with my steaming cup of coffee and open the worn cover of my favorite devotional – Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. It is my “go to” devotional. I have probably read it every other year for 20 years. It never gets old – it never ceases to stir me in my walk with the Lord. Monday, April 13th was no exception.
What To Do When Your Burden Is Overwhelming
Cast your burden on the Lord… Psalm 55:22
We must recognize the difference between burdens that are right for us to bear and burdens that are wrong. We should never bear the burdens of sin or doubt, but there are some burdens placed on us by God which He does not intend to lift off. God wants us to roll them back on Him— to literally “cast your burden,” which He has given you, “on the Lord….” If we set out to serve God and do His work but get out of touch with Him, the sense of responsibility we feel will be overwhelming and defeating. But if we will only roll back on God the burdens He has placed on us, He will take away that immense feeling of responsibility, replacing it with an awareness and understanding of Himself and His presence.
Many servants set out to serve God with great courage and with the right motives. But with no intimate fellowship with Jesus Christ, they are soon defeated. They do not know what to do with their burden, and it produces weariness in their lives. Others will see this and say, “What a sad end to something that had such a great beginning!”
“Cast your burden on the Lord….” You have been bearing it all, but you need to deliberately place one end on God’s shoulder. “…the government will be upon His shoulder” Isaiah 9:6. Commit to God whatever burden He has placed on you. Don’t just cast it aside, but put it over onto Him and place yourself there with it. You will see that your burden is then lightened by the sense of companionship. But you should never try to separate yourself from your burden.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, April 13
Have you been struggling with a burden? Are you asking God to take it away or are you asking Him to shoulder the burden with you – asking Him to open your eyes to see the burden through His eyes?
Remember . . . “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NIV