Which Burden Shall It Be?

Isaiah 46:1–4:
“The things that you carry are burdensome, a load for the weary beast. They
stooped over, they have bowed down together, and they could not rescue the
burden but have gone into captivity together. . . . Listen to Me, . . . you who
have been borne by Me from birth and have been carried from the womb. Even to
your old age I will be the same, and even to your graying years I will bear
you. I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will
deliver you.”

Observation: God
here contrasted Himself with those who carry around their own burdens. Without
Him, men make their own images of wood and stone to worship, creating
lifestyles that are burdensome indeed. In such circumstances we are weighted
down by having to carry all this “stuff” ourselves. We become exhausted trying
to maintain the big house and expensive toys, burdens which God never intended
us to carry. In Isaiah 46:3–4, the contrast could not be more profound: God said
that He carries the burden of His beloved people, that He is faithful and able
to carry the load.

Application: This is such a hopeful passage! Oh to have a
clear understanding of the contrast God presents here. I
put myself under an impossibly heavy load
when I try to go my own way in
life, yet it seems so easy at the beginning of the journey. What could be
simpler than to set my own standards for living, apart from the supposedly
“heavy” demands of God? 

Yet the opposite is true. God is here saying that He has
been carrying me since I was in my mother’s womb, and that He will remain
faithful to carry me even to old age. My part in this is to simply lay my
burden down and to enter into His life, His plan for me. He is both committed
and able to carry me through every circumstance of life. His supernatural hand
of protection has indeed been over me; His deliverance is sure. All I need do
is to finally, at long last, surrender. I bring nothing of value to the table;
my life is His, and I am content to be carried by Him.

Prayer: Lord
Jesus, the yoke You put on me is so easy to bear
compared to the heavy burdens of life I fashion for myself
to carry. Forgive
me for those times when I have stooped low to pick up heavy loads that You have
not required of me. I choose today to rest in You. I choose to simplify my life
and to experience the joy of being carried along by You to that awesome wedding
feast that awaits. 

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