be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens"
(Psalms 68:19, NIV).
this portrait of Jesus, the psalmist, in a thanksgiving mood,
praises God because He "daily bears our burdens."
Here he expresses the relief that comes to those who trustingly
come to Christ as the one and only burden bearer. The refreshing
good news is that no one needs to continue struggling under
the oppressive burden of sin and its debilitating consequences.
By His death on the cross, Christ became the sin bearer of
the whole world.
is a humorous anecdote told of a man on his way to the town
market with a basket full of produce on his head. Traveling
in the same direction, a kind farmer stopped his wagon and
offered the burdened traveler a ride. As they went along,
the farmer noticed to his utter surprise that the man was
carrying the load on his lap. "Why don't you rest the
load in the wagon?" inquired the farmer.
the old man replied, "Sir, I don't think your horse should
carry all the load!"
anecdote may be apocryphal, but it makes the point. There
is nothing we can do of ourselves to earn or deserve eternal
life. Jesus is the one and only burden bearer. "You cannot
burden Him; you cannot weary Him... His heart of love is touched
by our sorrows... Take to Him everything that perplexes the
mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up
worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe... There
is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel."--Mind,
Character, and Personality, vol. 2, pp. 480, 481.
is no need to go through life staggering under the burden
of sin and guilt when Christ has lifted the load on Calvary.
When you get on the salvation wagon, unload your burden and
never take it up again. "Many come to the Lord... and
they never really lay their burden upon Him... You are not
to do this, Leave your burden there, leave it with the Burden-bearer,
He has promised to take it."--Review and Herald,
April 19, 1870.
Prayer Today: Lord, I thank You that You are my
all-sufficient burden bearer. I rest the full weight of my
burdens upon Your strong shoulders. Amen!