Let Jesus Bear the Weight
I am worn out waiting for your rescue, but I have put my hope in your word. My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me?
I lie in the dust; revive me by your word. I told you my plans, and you answered. Now teach me your decrees.
I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.
I will pursue your commands, for you expand my understanding.
Remember your promise to me; it is my only hope. Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.
I meditate on your age-old regulations; O Lord, they comfort me.
—Psalm 119:81–82, 25–26, 28, 32, 49–50, 52
Jesus loves each one of you so much! He sees your struggles. He knows the waves of doubt and discouragement which threaten to overwhelm you in the difficult times in your life. He knows that sometimes you just feel like you can’t go on another day. He cares for you so deeply and His heart is touched more than you can imagine when He sees your pain. Jesus does care when your heart is pained and you stagger beneath the load, and when your sad heart aches until it almost breaks. He is right there beside you. You are not alone. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1.
The Lord gives such wonderful answers in His Word to the questions we inevitably face during these times. He tells us over and over again that He will never leave nor forsake us. He reminds us to seek His face about everything—our trials and disappointments, our finances, our children, our marriages, our ministries, our battles, our questions, our uncertainties. No matter how complex we feel the problems are, when we ask the Lord, He can give His peace that surpasses all understanding, “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, Phil 4:7. He will give answers that will melt those mountains away by the voice of His Word.
But we must fulfill our part by tapping into the Source and resting in Him and bringing our questions to Him, and receiving His answers.
He even tells us that these burdens are not ours to carry; they belong to Him as the father of the household. He said that we should come unto Him when we are burdened and heavy laden, and He will give us rest. We are His children, and He is our Father upon whom the ultimate weight of the household rests. Mathew 11:28-30
Thank the Lord for that beautiful reassurance, that tremendous comfort! He has promised throughout His Word that when we are weary and heavy laden if we will just come to Him, He will help us to bear our burdens. If we will cast our burdens on Him, He will sustain us. He will never allow us to be shaken or moved. Psalm 55:22.
He has promised to show us great and mighty things that we know not, if we will just call unto Him and leave our burdens at His feet and ask for His solutions. Jeremiah 33:3.
Thank the Lord for His promises and that they never fail. If we will keep His commandments, He has promised to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Ephesians 3:20.
The Lord doesn’t want us to be bowed beneath the burdens or crushed beneath the loads. He wants our faith to be increased. He wants us to reach out and receive of Him. We have to decide to let Him bear the weight through looking to His Word and hearing His voice, so we won’t be crushed by the weight of our burdens.
We have to find our strength in the Lord and His Word to meet the tasks before us. We need to bring our petitions before Him, and then stand still and see Him work on our behalf, as the Lord once said to the Israelites: “Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory.” 2 Chronicles 20:17 .
The Lord has promised to freely give to us if we will seek Him; He is able to do far more abundantly than we could even conceive or imagine, “according to the power at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20.
We know that all things will truly work together for good for each one who loves the Lord and trusts Him. Romans 8:28.
His Word says, “You will keep him (us) in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” and “Great peace have they which love Thy law, and nothing shall offend them.” Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 119:165.
We look at all the believers of Hebrews 11, and see all that they went through; they had to give up their lands and their lives, and yet they held on as seeing Him who is invisible, because they had respect for the recompense of the reward laid up for them. Hebrews 11:26–27.
Lord, You know the difficulties that some dear folks are going through. They are bowed down under a heavy burden, and if they can’t give it to You, then they could collapse under it. We all desperately need to be strong in Your strength, in the power of Your might, and to find Your strength in our weakness. 2 Cor 12:10
Please give these dear ones a sign or a miracle—something to show them that You’re with them and that You are going to pull them through these troubling times, no matter how difficult that may seem. With man it may be impossible, but not with You. You’re the only one who can change things and give them the renewed determination and spark of faith to keep trusting and believing through these challenging times.
Help them to know that Your grace is sufficient, and that when we come to the end of ourselves, we can avail ourselves of Your full resources and Your full strength. Please help Your strength to be made perfect in our weakness. 2 Cor 12:9
Thank You for Your mercy and grace, and the miracles You perform in each of our lives. Thank You for the comfort of Your Word, a very present help in our times of trouble. Come through for each of Your children, help them to hang on, and give them Your comfort and encouragement. Strengthen by Your Spirit and renew and restore and re-create these tired bodies and spirits and hearts that are fainting under the strain of it. We know You have the answers, Lord. We have seen the victories that You’ve won over and over in others’ lives. And we can look to you for help as we know You understand our frailties, You resisted even unto blood. Hebrews 12:4
Thank You, Jesus, for Your beautiful, marvelous words of love and encouragement that You give to each of us. Thank You that Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light, and if we come to You, we can find rest for our souls. Math 11:29.
Please help each of Your dear ones who are going through difficulties. Help them to hold on to You, for You are always there and You are our solid rock, and we can hold on to You and find rest in You. In this hour of trial, help each one to cry out to You with all of their heart.
Show Your face to them, help them, strengthen them, give them courage, give them trust in You. Help them not to look at the waves and the wind and the storms, the condition of their boat, their vessel. Help them just to fix their eyes on You and look full in Your wonderful face so that these things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of Your glory and grace. Give them great grace, great faith, great comfort, and help them to trust You with all of their hearts, in Jesus’ Name.