By Pastor Robert Jewett
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” -Psalm 55:22
Nobody likes to have burdens but they are a common part of life. Some people hold to a false belief that once they respond to God’s love by abiding in Christ, they will no longer have burdens. This is not a Biblical view and will only lead to defeat and disillusionment in that person’s life. Scripture not only tells us that we will have burdens. It also tells us how to endure, deal with, and overcome all burdens that life will bring.
Burdens come in all sorts. They may be physical, relational, financial, etc. What is a burden in my life may, or may not, be a burden in your life. What is common in our burdens, however, is that God can use all of them to draw us closer to him. Paul expressed how he, along with Timothy, were utterly burdened with afflictions so severely that they despaired of life itself, but that the sufferings made them rely not on themselves but on God (2 Cor. 1:8-10).
Much like Paul and Timothy learned, we too will experience burdens that are meant to get us to rely not on our own strength but upon God’s. These burdens are meant to remind us to keep our hope in God and not in anything else. Remember, if God is for us, who can be against us (Rom. 8:31).
Word of Truth Community Church meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at 850 E. Parkridge Ave., #110, in Corona. For more information, visit WordOfTruthCC.com.