Releasing Burdens



My son thinks he can do anything I can do. I was moving some heavy bags recently, and he wanted to move one. He struggled with it as he pulled and pushed on it. I offered my help, but he refused. “He said, “I got it, Dada. I can do it.” I replied, “I know you can, but I can do it more easily.” He still refused. He wanted to do it. He wore himself out trying to do it. I don’t know if it was my stubbornness or my pride that he got that compelled him to keep doing it alone. Either way, he refused my help.

As I watched him, I couldn’t help but think how often I am that way towards God. I often carry these heavy burdens. They’re not necessarily ones that God gave me. They’re just ones that I’ve picked up and have tried to carry. I’ve tried pulling them and pushing them, all the while wearing myself out. God whispers, “Let me take that,” but I refuse. “I can do it, God,” i say. I can imagine him shaking His head like I do.

It could be my stubbornness or my pride that keeps me from handing my burdens over to the Lord, but either way it’s wrong. When I refuse to give my burdens to the Lord, I’m telling Him that I don’t need Him. I’m telling Him that I can do anything He can do, and that’s a problem. We can’t do what God can do, but we’ve been trying to since Adam and Eve. We’ve got to let go of the things that weigh us down, wear us down and hold us back.

Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you” (NLT). One version says to release them. We have to be the ones who let go. God isn’t going to take them from us forcefully. He has already made the offer for us to cast them on Him. It’s now up to us to let go and to trust Him. Let God do what He does and quit trying to do His work for Him. Trust me, your life will be a lot better.

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  1. Michele

    Amen
    Yes the Lord says to give Him our Burdens
    And as the song says
    ” I feel better I feel better since I layed my burdens down”
    Give you burdens to the Lord and EnJOY your New Day!

  2. Michele

    Amen
    Yes the Lord says to give Him our Burdens
    And as the song says
    ” I feel better I feel better since I layed my burdens down”
    Give you burdens to the Lord and EnJOY your New Day!

    • We always feel relieved when we lay them down, but we’re also hesitant to do so. Letting go of them doesn’t mean we are weak. It means we have faith!

      • Michele

        I agree
        But it is amazing thing to see and watch how God just takes care of it
        And that just make our faith stronger and stronger
        Before you know it
        We take automatically turn to Him
        No mater how big or small
        Thank You our Heavenly Father
        Thank You Jesus!

      • Amen. By the way, how did last night go? You were going to share your testimony.

      • Michele

        God is awesome
        The testimony was about sharing God’s
        Word
        And when you ask Him what can I do for You today or say send me Lord
        He WILL
        It was about where He sent me as I was on my way to speak in a rehab
        What I was going to speak on He put some else in my path who had to hear that message.
        I say message
        Because we are just His messengers
        He is the one in control!

      • Yes He is. Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

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