The simple dictionary meaning of burden is—that which is carried; a heavy load; trouble.  However, we know that it can quickly become much more complex.  It could be any combination of: duties, expectations, worries, obligations, fears, pain, weariness, sorrow, deadlines, stress and death.  Those in government have burdens to bear: laws to make, infrastructure, payroll, utilities and hiring and firing of employees.  In fact, in almost every phase of life there are burdens related to one’s age.

A baby’s burdens are related to hunger, pain or unmet needs.  As a child grows, such emotions as fear, anger, rejection and embarrassment can be considered burdens.  Teens usually struggle with acceptance, friends, appearance and zits.  College age youth face future plans, loans to repay, love and marriage and other of life’s responsibilities. Newlyweds soon encounter the burdens of job, housing, babies and debts.  Middle agers have to face struggle with fading looks, saving for their kids’ education, house payments and jobs.  Seniors have to deal with loss of physical abilities, diminished income, high medical costs and fading memory.

Our spiritual race is not without burdens.  “For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened…” (2 Cor 5: 4) (Gal 5: 1)  However, our solution is not in drugs, alcohol nor immorality like the secular world. Our brethren can help us persevere by bearing our mutual burdens (Gal 6: 2).  Christians often remind each other of these things by singing this in spiritual songs (Eph 5: 19) BLESSED BE THE TIE THAT BINDS.  The Lord Himself will daily bear our burdens (Ps 68:19).  He promises to all who are weary and burdened that He will carry our load and give us rest (Mt 11: 28-30).  The Apostle John declares through the Holy Spirit that we show our love toward God by obeying His commands, but they are not burdensome (1 Jo 5: 3).  Don’t try to carry your burdens alone! “Cast your cares on Jesus today…”  BURDENS ARE LIFTED AT CALVARY.

–Jim Bailey