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Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave it There

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Hey everyone! Here at Castle of Faith, our goal is to encourage each of you on your Christian walk. So today I thought we could look at some scriptures that do just that…encourage you as you draw closer to God.

 

In Matthew 11:28,we are told, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” And in John 16:33, when speaking to His disciples, Jesus told them, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” Jesus knew that the Christian walk would not always be an easy one, but He assured us that we could find the rest we need when times become difficult if we just come to Him.

 

In Luke 12:6-7, we are assured, “Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” This brings to mind an old song that is a great reminder to turn all our problems over to God, letting Him take the burden rather than continuing to bear it alone. The lyrics of ‘Leave It There’, written by Charles A. Tindley in 1916, and performed by several artists over the years, are as follows:

 

If the world from you withholds of its silver and its gold,

And you have to get along with meager fare,

Just remember in His word how He feeds the little bird -

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

 

Chorus:

Leave it there,leave it there,

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out -

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

 

If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,

And your soul is almost sinking in despair,

Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal -

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

 

When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,

Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;

He will make away for you and will see you safely through -

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

 

When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,

And your body bends beneath the weight of care;

He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end -

Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

 

What a wonderful reminder that our Heavenly Father cares for us and that He will be with us in every situation and circumstance. Joshua 1:9 is also a great reminder of this; “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”  God’s promises do not change. He remains faithful and trustworthy, so never hesitate to let Him ease your burden. And if you have any doubt, remember what we are told in Isaiah 43:2, “When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned: neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”

 

During difficult times, we can lose sight of these promises and struggle alone. But if we can remember to take it to God in our prayers, we can find His peace in the middle of our storms. In John 14:27, Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 tells us, “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” God never intended for His children to bear the weight of their problems alone. He has made it clear that He is always with us and will care for us, encouraging each of us to do the same for one another. And in Psalm 31:24 we are reminded, “Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.”

 

There are many more scriptures to encourage us as we make our way through a fallen world, clinging to our salvation and our promise of eternal life. Isaiah 40:31 and Deuteronomy 31:8; 2 Corinthians 4:17 and Romans 8:31; and most of have the 23rd Psalm memorized. The Bible is filled with many comforting words and promises; we can trust our Heavenly Father to do exactly what He says He will do. There is never a moment He does not know what we are going through. There is never a moment He does not care. And there is never a moment He is not with us to help, guide, and take every burden we release to Him.

 

The verses of Psalm 121:1-3 make it clear where our trust should be, and where we need to turn in times of tribulation and trial. “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made Heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber.” For the Creator of the universe, nothing is too difficult; never doubt that He is able to provide your every need. So, let us keep our faith strong, take God at His word, and give Him our burden, receiving in exchange true peace that only He can give.

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