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God's Daily To-Do List: Carrying Our Burdens

  7/18/2017, devotion for week #29 
  Reference: Psalm 68:19, Matthew 11:28-30

Introduction: Are you living with the weight of daily pressures? Do you know what it is like to experience the burden-bearing power of God. Without a doubt, they can be too much to handle. And it's time to lighten the load.  

Psalm 68:19 says, Praise to the Lord, to God our Savior who daily bears our burdens. This Psalm describes God as a daily burden bearer. Yet many times we have to admit that we tend to carry our own burdens while knowing that they are too hard to bear.

Burdens come through many circumstances. We experience frustration over unmet needs. We carry disappointment because our plans fall short of our expectations. Sudden trauma, terminal illnesses,overwhelming responsibilities, the loss of a loved one, financial strain and broken relationships can keep us from receiving rest from the weight of our troubles.

When we are burdened, we tend to let our minds race ahead thinking of all the negative things that could happen in the future. Or we are driven to F.E.A.R. (false evidence appearing real). We nurture a spirit of worry. We cling too close to the problem, while putting distance between us and the power of God.

So since God is a daily burden bearer, then we should heed Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

By casting your burdens upon him daily, you are released from any obligation to carry that burden yourself.

Furthermore, Jesus refers to the yoke in Matthew 11:30. It's a bar that two animals carry to evenly distribute the weight of a heavy load. This is why Jesus could assure us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. So why not ligthen the load?

Carrying weight that God never intended us to carry will weigh us down and cause us to be weary. The heaviness of burdens at best are indicators of our need to turn our troubles over to Him. He extends an open invitation to the weighted down, weary. 



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