Burden Bearing

We all make mistakes which often times prove to be a burden to ourselves and to others. These mistakes can sever fellowship with the Lord and other children of God. Paul tells the church at Galatia to restore someone overtaken in a fault with the spirit of meekness lest they also be tempted. (Gal. 6:1) Then Paul Paul goes on to give a summary of what this action proves. “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2). The burden here is a heavy “weight or “load” that is not easy to be borne but is easier to be borne with the help of others. Remember love is the fulfilling of the law and what better way to display love!

Although we are to help bear one another’s burdens, the ultimate responsibility rests with each child of God. Paul establishes this truth in Gal. 6:5: “For every man shall bear his own burden.” Every man must prove his own work; prove it to themselves and to others around them. The word “burden” here in this text means task or service. We cannot serve for others or do their tasks; we must do our own service to God and to each other. We do this through Christ which strengthens us.

There are burdens of sickness, death, loss of job, marriage dissolution, etc. but probably the greatest burden is the burden of sin against God. David attests to this as a heavy burden that hindered his service to God and ability to look up to the hills for Divine assistance. “For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me.” (Psalm 38:4). These sins were too heavy a burden for David but not too heavy for the Lord of glory. “For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God.” (Psalm 38:15)

The ultimate burden bearer is the Lord Himself who is the last resort for some people rather than the first line of defense. The Psalmist gives us the ultimate promise of relief when he wrote, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” (Psalm 55:22). There are trials that prove to be burdens but we have this promise of escape because of the faithfulness of God. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (I Cor. 10:13).

We are commanded to take His yoke upon us and learn of Him for He is meek and lowly in heart. This service is not too grievous or a heavy burden because Jesus goes on to say, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11:30). Truly this service lightens our burdens we encounter so keep looking up and flee for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before you’ there is strength and consolation in burden bearing.–February 23, 2014–Elder Larry Wise

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