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Cast Your Burdens


Psalm 55:22
“Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved,” Psalm 55:22.

The stooped man moved slowly but steadily down the road toward his home. At the end of the poles, balanced on each shoulder, were buckets filled with the essential water his household needed for the day. The task would be repeated every day until he grew so old he could no longer bear the weight of the water. Then, one day a man came to the village and taught them how to dig a well. Now, water was abundant for every household. The man, however, could choose not to use the well and continue the laborious task of carrying water. On the other hand, what honor is there in carrying unnecessary burdens on one’s shoulders? There is none.
Likewise, Jesus offers to relieve us of our burdens. Trials and troubles are heavy when we try to carry them; they bow us over, cause sleepless nights and form worry wrinkles on our faces. Who wants wrinkles? Instead, we can pray telling Jesus our problems, who takes them to the Father. The Father is touched by our infirmities and answers them according to His will (Heb. 4:15).
Often, instead of leaving our burdens with the Father, we pick them up again, straining needlessly under the weight. Through our actions we say to Him, I do not believe you can help me, my faith is weak in Your ability to carry my burdens.

REFLECTION
When we carry our own burdens, trials and troubles, we forfeit the opportunity for blessings and steal the opportunity for Jesus to be glorified.

Beverly Barnett

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Becoming Fit for Glory


The Lord will give grace and glory. (Psalm 84:11)

Grace is what we need just now, and it is to be had freely. What can be freer than a gift? Today we shall receive sustaining, strengthening, sanctifying, satisfying grace. He has given daily grace until now, and as for the future, that grace is still sufficient. If we have but little grace the fault most lie in ourselves; for the Lord is not straitened, neither is He slow to bestow it in abundance. We may ask for as much as we will and never fear a refusal. He giveth liberally and upbraideth not.

The Lord may not give gold, but He will give grace: He may not give gain, but He will give grace. He will certainly send us trial, but He will give grace in proportion thereto. We may be called to labor and to suffer, but with the call there will come all the grace required;

What an “end” is that in the text–“and glory!” We do not need glory yet, and we are not yet fit for it; but we shall have it in due order. After we have eaten the bread of grace, we shall drink the wine of glory. We must go through the holy, which is grace, to the holiest of all, which is glory. These words and glory are enough to make a man dance for joy. A little while–a little while, and then glory forever!

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