Summary: A burden is a load. A burden can be a job or a duty. It can be a punishment or an inconvenience. A certain old woman was going somewhere with a heavy load on her head
Matthew 1: 28–30 says, “Come unto me all ye 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 ye shall find rest unto your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
WHAT IS A BURDEN?
A burden is a load. A burden can be a job or a duty. It can be a punishment or an inconvenience. A certain old woman was going somewhere with a heavy load on her head. Eventually, somebody drove past her in a Jeep and decided to give her a lift. The woman entered into the back seat of the Jeep and the driver took off. The man had gone a few kilometers, before he looked back and found that the woman was sitting quite alright on her seat but the load was still on her head. So, he said, “Mama, put the load down.” She said, “Thank you my son. I thought you gave me a lift and not the load.” She did not understand. There existed in her what we can call an “internal excess baggage.”
Excess load is a load you are not supposed to carry. Things are never easy for anyone carrying an excess load. A person may be a normal until a load comes on his head. The load may change him from the person from his or her normal self. I cannot help laughing sometimes when somebody comes to me and says, “Since the time I got married, they have been monitoring my life. They have been controlling my life. I can’t do what I want, things are tough now.” What happened to that person is that a new load came upon his or head and that is trying to change him or her.
The Almighty God knows that a lot of people will carry evil load. He knows that many people will carry excess luggage and baggage. Therefore, He was careful to put the following two verses for us in the Bible: Psalm 55: 22: “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” That scripture does not say “Cast your burden upon your husbands, or upon yours pastors, but upon the Lord and He shall sustain thee. But if you refuse to hand your burden over to Him then do not blame the Lord for looking at you and doing nothing. Every man, one way or the other, will locate his own load or the load will locate him. So, you have to know what to do to cast it down. A certain man cried to the Lord and said, “Lord, this cross that I am carrying is too heavy for me, please change it.” He prayed hard and that night, he had a dream where he saw Jesus, who said, “Son, you want to change your load? You want to change your cross? He said, “yes.” Jesus asked him to follow Him and He took him to a very beautiful room. In the room were all kinds of crosses, small, big, nice, well polished, etc. The man who was excited said, “Why am I carrying this when there are all kinds of beautiful crosses around?” He put his own down in a corner and started trying other ones. He saw a nice little one, which was well polished and carried it. Although it looked small when he carried it, he realized that it was heavy. He expressed surprise at the weight and dropped it. Then he tried another one that looked like the size of his own but found that it was very heavy. He tried different ones and after sometime he found one, lifted it and said, “Lord, this one is better. Let me go away with this one.” The Lord said, “Are you sure this is the one you want?” He said, “Yes.” And before he went out, The Lord said, “Wait, that one you took is the one you dropped.” Before now, every man will locate his own load or his load will locate him. That is why the Bible says, “Comparing themselves by themselves they are not wise” (2 Corinthians 10:12). Sometimes, you hear somebody say, “I wish I were like so and so person.” If he or she knows what the person is going through, he or she will be praising God. 1 Peter 5: 7 says, “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” This scripture does not say, “casting some,” it says, “all upon Him for He cares for you.” It is therefore very sad when you are carrying a load and you are not aware. A certain preacher was preaching in the market place and people gathered and were listening to him. Suddenly, a man dressed a three-piece suit came and everybody greeted him with a lot of respect. They said, “Ah, doctor, how are you? You are welcome. You too want to listen to the preacher?” He said yes. After sometime, the preacher said, “Before I pray for you, do you have any question? The man in three-piece suit put up his hand and said, “Yes preacher, you have been talking about heavy load, but I don’t feel any heaviness on my head. I am not carrying any heavy load, so what do you mean by heavy load?” And the preacher said, “Sir, if you put a bucket of water on the head of a dead man, will he feel it?” The man said, “No of course because he is dead.” The preacher said, “You are dead. So, your position is so bad that you cannot even feel it. There is a load on your head. All sinners are like that dead man.”