Cast Your Burden on the Lord

Richard Thetford

David wrote in Psalms 55:22, "Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." Burdens come to all; rich or poor, young or old, saint or sinner, and there is no escaping them. For the child of God, however, there is a place to leave them. We cast them on the Lord.

Our burdens can become the source of temptation. Sometimes temptations associated with a burden is worse than the burden itself. For instance, there is the temptation to think that God is not caring. However, 1 Peter 5:7 tells us: "...Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." There is often the temptation to try to escape life's responsibilities, and even to try to hide from God. David recognized the futility of trying to hide from God and told us in Psalms 139:7-10 that it was useless to try.

We should never try to deal with our burdens alone. We should anchor our souls in the Lord and as David said, "He shall sustain you." Notice that the promise is not to remove the burden, but to help us bear it. He may choose to remove it, or He may not. Either way, we will be blessed in the midst of our burden. Hebrews 4:16 says, "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." If a care is too small to be made into a prayer, it's too small to be made into a burden.

What are your burdens? Are they pressing heavily upon you? Why not follow the counsel in God's word and rest your burdens in the hands of the compassionate Savior?