Do you ever get tired — not just physically tired, but mentally tired? I know you do — just like me whether we like to admit it or not. Lots of times, we get tired or very worried about things going on in our life. Another word for that is burdened. Have you ever been burdened about your school work, troubles at home, an argument with your friend, an illness in your family, or maybe even guilt over something you have done? Sometimes we carry those around with us in our daily lives and that can make us sad.
Such things can be a pretty heavy load to have to carry by yourself. Well, the good news is you don’t have to carry it alone! In our Bible lesson for today, Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Then He went on to say, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus is our helper. Sometimes we hold on to our burdens and try to carry them ourselves, but Jesus will help us if we will let Him.
God’s Word is full of promises to help us in times of trouble. Here are just a few more: “Don’t be afraid, I am with you.” (Genesis 26:24) “I’ll give you strength.” (Psalm 28:7) “I’m with you in times of trouble.” (Psalm 34:6) These words of encouragement are just what we need to face the hard times that may come our way.
Does that mean that if we will ask Him, God will take all of our troubles away? No, but He will always help us. In fact, some of our struggles may help us to grow and become stronger. They may also help us to learn to trust in Jesus. But when the load is too heavy, He will help us to carry it, and there is no burden that is too heavy for Jesus!
Let’s say a prayer. Dear Father, we are thankful that when we struggle under the load of life’s burdens, You are there to help us carry the load. Please help us to remember the promises You made to us in the Bible and call upon Your name when we are burdened with anything we are concerned about. Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.