Cast Your Burdens on the Lord

Jesus Himself has given us the privilege to cast all our burdens on Him. He knows our human weaknesses. He remembers that we are dust. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on us. He knew that we would encounter all sorts of trials and temptations in the Christian life. Therefore, the Word of God says: “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7). 

In order to overcome all trials and temptations, it is necessary to be humble. Then it will be easy to cast our cares on Him. However, if we continue to hold onto our worries and fears, we will give the enemy of our souls reason to tempt us. 

Dear friend, if you are burdened with a load of worry, disappointments, and discouragement, then go to the throne of grace. The Lord Jesus understands us and has compassion on us. He is willing to help us at all times. “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16). That should encourage us to come confidently to our great High Priest with all of our worries. 

We need not fear that He will fault us for attempting to draw close to Him. Let us learn from little children. A little child at play does not worry. He does not think about “What if mother or father should leave me here alone?” He does not worry about the future. He trusts completely in the care of his parents. Can we not apply this to our lives and trust completely in God?

Even if the Lord disciplines us, He still keeps us in His loving embrace, as long as we receive His discipline with humility and learn the lesson He wishes to teach us. The precious lesson we take from this ends up being a blessing and is for our best. “For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it” (Hebrews 12:11 ESV). 

The enemy of our souls wishes us to be burdened down with all sorts of worries, in order to keep us from making spiritual progress. However, Jesus is here to free us from these burdens. Let us be courageous in this battle and persevere, for if we remain true until the end, we will inherit the crown of life. 

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