June 7 How to Handle Your Burdens

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:28–30

Key Verse: Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

When our burdens become unbearable, we can seek to dump them in several places. Perhaps we have a friend who will listen to our problems. Perhaps we can find relief in a brief getaway where we can be refreshed and strengthened. We might even have access to a Christian counselor who can give us solid advice.

But nothing or no one can provide the rest and relief that Jesus can when we come to Him with our burdens. Our Savior has broad shoulders, sturdy hands, and a compassionate heart. He bids us to give Him every grievous or weighty matter.

If you are carrying a burden that has you at the breaking point, come to Jesus in prayer. Don’t worry about the right words; just cry out to God. Tell Him how you feel. Prayer is simply talking with God, and that is what you do to shift your burden to Christ.

Come in childlike faith. Jesus said that He would give His light and easy load in return for your heaviness. Does He lie? Is He being too simplistic?

No. God can sustain you as you trust Him. Focus on His power, and receive His all-sufficient help. He will not let you down. He will not let you fall. Jesus hears your plea. He will lighten your load so that you may persevere.

Master, sometimes it seems as if my burdens are unbearable. Thank You for Your broad shoulders, sturdy hands, and compassionate heart. You exchange my heavy load for Your light and easy burden.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 166). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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