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Friday, July 14th, '17

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TAKE YOUR BURDEN TO THE LORD AND LEAVE IT THERE

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you..." (Psalm 55:22)

 

Benny Hinn writes of a man driving his new pickup truck down a dusty New Mexico road where he spotted a hitchhiker carrying a very large bag over his shoulder. "Where are you headed?" the driver asked. "Albuquerque," came the reply. "Hop in the back, I'll take you there". A few miles down the road the driver glanced in the rear-view mirror and noticed that the guy sitting in the pickup bed still had the bag hoisted upon his shoulder. He pulled over and asked him why he didn't take advantage of the rest and put the bag down. "Oh," said the hitchhiker, "I didn't want to hurt your new truck".

 

Nice of him to be so considerate, but pickups are made for "carrying burdens". How many are just like him, holding on to a load that Jesus bore on the cross. Religion carries its God on its shoulders instead of in its heart. "Woe to you, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers" (Luke 11:46). Peter resisted legalism - "Why do you test God by putting a yoke on the necks of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?" (Acts 15:10) Jesus said, "My yoke is easy, and my burden is light". Why should we try to DO when Jesus says it is already DONE?

 

There is the sin burden. "For day and night your hand was heavy upon me" (Psalm 32:4). You have enough weight without adding guilt to the scales. As the sin offering typologically bore the people's sins, after the priests had laid their hands upon the victim's head, Jesus in person brought every type and shadow to fulfillment. He is the "Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). To take it away the persons so disposed need to let go of anything they are still clinging to. It would look silly for me, on our Tuesday morning pick-up day, to go running down the street after the garbage truck unwilling to part with old trash, coffee grounds and waste paper. "Cast your burden on the Lord", means I have told my past, my pain, my sin, my shame, "good riddance".

 

Some translations say "roll your burden on the Lord". If the weight is too heavy to fling then just lean your shoulder until it drops. Hebrews says He "upholds all things by the word of his power". Why carry the weight of the world when that job is already being taken care of? Shoulders big enough to carry a cross are also big enough to carry my sorrows. The old hymn says, "Take your burden to the Lord, and leave it there!" Man's law says you need to grovel, feel bad, the worse, the more spiritual you are, kick yourself, wear a long face, carry it. Sorry; faith says cut the cord, "lay aside every weight and sin" (Heb 12:1). Don't carry it - bury it! If I do the casting He will do the caring...that simplifies everything.


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