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Letting God Handle Your Burdens


“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest….Matthew 11:28-30″

As the Son of Man, Jesus experienced firsthand the difficulties of life and the heaviness of our burdens. He knows what it is like to live with meager financial resources (Matt. 8:20) and to be under great emotional distress (Luke 22:42-44). He understands about our broken relationships as well: Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, betrayed Him.

Our Savior offers to help us with every difficulty we face. In today’s passage, we are invited to come to Jesus, take His yoke upon us, and learn from Him. What He’s describing is a lifelong process that encompasses getting to know Him—His perfect character, His priorities for life, and His plans for us and the world.

For the whole passage to make sense, we must understand the image He used. A yoke is a pole or bar that fits across the shoulders of people or animals. When very heavy loads had to be transported, two oxen or other creatures would carry one yoke across both their shoulders, allowing the weight to be evenly distributed.

In the Christian life, Jesus is asking us to place ourselves under the “yoke” of His lordship. He promises that a life of submission to Him will fit us well and provide us with relief. Sometimes He’ll remove the difficulties; at other times He will lift away the burdensome feelings that accompany our trials.

Are you struggling under the pressures of daily living? Come to Jesus, confess your inability to carry this burden alone, and ask Him to lift the weight from you.

(Copyright 2012 In Touch Ministries, Inc. )