Everybody on the surface of this earth has one burden or the other to contend with, irrespective of status, age, gender, race, religion, academic qualifications, and so on
A burden could be described as a load, problem, challenge, tribulation, yoke, bondage, reproach, or simply any unpleasant circumstance. Whatever constitutes a burden to a particular individual may not be the case in the life of another person.
A burden can manifest in different forms, such as afflictions and oppression, sicknesses and incurable diseases, poverty, joblessness or job losses, business failures, delayed marriages, barrenness, curses, and so on. Burdens usually cause pains, heartaches, sorrow, sleepless nights, and the like, to people.
Anyone with a burden in the heart is always in distress and will want to seek solutions to such problems. The search for a solution might lead one to good places or even bad ones, as the case may be.
The Lord Jesus Christ has the capacity to bear our burdens if we approach Him in faith and righteousness. As a matter of fact, He expects us to cast our burdens upon Him whenever we find ourselves at the crossroads of life.
Matthew 11:28-30 says,
“Come unto me all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
In like manner, 1st Peter 5:7 says, “Casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you.”
This implies that we should not hesitate to hand over our problems to the Lord Jesus, because He has the solution to them and He will not fail us. According to John 16:33, children of God who are still living in this world, are bound to experience tribulations from time to time.
Whenever such tribulations come, we must not make the mistake of going to Satan and his agents, because they are fake. They will even compound one’s problems through manipulations, deception, and falsehood. Simply put, the devil has no solution to any human or spiritual problem.
For instance, Satan can give families demonic children who will eventually become burdens to their parents and the society at large. Such children might even end up as prostitutes, drug addicts, thieves, murderers, and outlaws in society.
I have come across people, who at one time or the other had approached satanic agents like sorcerers, false prophets, diviners, and so on, for solutions to their problems. Some of them have now been initiated into the kingdom of darkness, while some have become insane and completely useless.
On the other hand, when we hand over our burdens to God, we are assured of receiving long-lasting and eternal solutions to them. This is because the blessings of God do not give sorrow to the beneficiaries (Proverbs 10:22).
Sometimes, God can allow a burden or a thorn in the flesh to remain in the life of an individual, either for His own glory or for certain inexplicable cum mysterious reasons. In such circumstances, one needs patience and the grace of God to bear such a burden.
This was the situation Apostle Paul found himself in during his ministry. 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10 says,
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in weaknesses, in reproaches in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
The Almighty God has the power to do all things for us if we approach Him according to His will. He can provide our material, financial and spiritual needs if we put our absolute trust in Him. For instance, Philippians 4:19 says, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
However, these divine promises are dependent on certain conditions. Matthew 6:33-34 states,
“But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for tomorrow, for tomorrow shall take thought of the things for itself…”
The Lord Jesus gave us additional divine assurance in John 14:1-3,
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”