The simple dictionary meaning of burden is-that which is carried; a heavy load trouble. However, we know that it can quickly become much more complex. It could be any combination of : duties, expectations, worries, obligations, fears, pain, weariness, sorrow, deadlines, stress and death. Those in government have burdens to bear: laws to make, infrastructure, payroll, utilities and hiring and firing of employees. In fact, in almost every phase of life there are burdens related to one's age.
A baby's burdens are related to hunger, pain or unmet needs. As a child grows, such emotions as fear, anger, rejection and embarrassment can be considered burdens. Teens usually struggle with acceptance, friends, appearance and zits. College age youth face future plans, loans to repay, love and marriage and other of life's responsibilities. Newlyweds soon encounter the burdens of job, housing, babies and debts. Middle aged have to face struggle with fading looks, saving for their kids education, house payments and jobs. Seniors have to deal with loss of physical abilities, diminished income, high medical costs and fading memory.
Our spiritual race is not without burdens. "For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened..." ( 2 Car 5:4) ( Gal 5:1) However, our solution is not in drugs, alcohol nor immorality like the secular world. Our brethren can help us persevere by bearing our mutual burdens. ( Gal 6:2) Christians often remind each other of these things by singing this in spiritual songs ( Eph 5:19) BLESSED BE THE TIE THAT BINDS. The Lord Himself will daily bear our burdens. ( Ps 68:19) He promises to all who are weary and burdened that He will carry our load and give us rest. ( Mt 11:28-30) The Apostle John declares through the Holy Spirit that we show our love toward God by obeying His commands, but they are not burdensome. ( 1 Jo 5:3) Don't try to carry your burdens alone! "Cast you r cares
on Jesus today.." BURDENS ARE LIFTED AT CALVARY.
The Scripture clearly says that “My people are destroyed for lack of Knowledge” Hosea 4:6. Problems and issues are going to happen but how we respond to them is a factor of our relationship with God and His Word.
Proverbs 1:1-4 NIV 1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel:
2 for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight;
3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair;
4 for giving prudence to those who are simple knowledge and discretion to the young--
To be spiritually health we need to be in relationship with Jesus and be in the Word daily. Jesus Himself described the importance of studying the Word of God when He said, "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31-32).
We need to be in the Word daily so that we can have the Knowledge we need and the help we need in living our daily lives.
Blessings to All as you are in the Word.
Chet Wiswell, Elder
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