The Blessing in the Burden
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“As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
Psalms 55:16-18, 22
• Why does the Christian experience burdens, suffering, and pain? (Sometimes in more acute or peculiar ways than those who are in the world.)
... because burdens bring us to the end of ourselves, causing us to depend on the Spirit of God again.
Life’s burdens exploit our limits & reveal our weaknesses, leading us to claim the promise of Psalms 55:22
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee...”
The promise is not that He will remove the burden, but that His grace will be sufficient through the burden. (See also 1 Peter 5:7)
Burdens are given to us, not to carry them alone, but to cast at the foot of the cross... at the feet of Jesus.
Anything that keeps you close to Jesus is a blessing. Even if it’s painful.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 KJV
• Why does the Christian experience burdens, suffering, and pain?
Because it leads us to trust Him more deeply... and when we trust Him more deeply, we come to know Him more intimately.
There is a blessing in the burden.
Rev. Chase Noel