Summary: Some burdens are meant to be SHARED, some burdens are meant to be SHOULDERED, and some burdens are meant to be SHED. Link included to formatted text version, handout, and PowerPoint Presentation.
When it’s more than you can bear and you don’t think you can take another step, you can lay it on Jesus.
For some reason sometimes, we feel like we can make it ourselves. But there are times when we need to let go and let God!
[use small boy for illustration…lay a burden on his back and have him try to climb the steps to the platform…not able to make it under the load]
One of these two things will happen when we cast our burden on the Lord:
•The Lord will lift the burden
I’ve seen people have a health need, and they pray, and it goes away.
Financial need…and God provides the money. It’s always great when that’s how it happens. But that’s not always how God works…
Look again at Ps. 55:22 which says, “and He shall sustain it” ??? No, “He shall sustain thee.”
Sometimes the Lord doesn’t lift the burden…sometimes...
•The Lord will lift you [pick up boy carrying the burden on his back...now his burden is being carried, but by someone else!] [now you know why I used a small guy for this illustration!]
The Apostle Paul is an example of this. 3 times He asked God to lift a burden he was carrying. We preach about it and say that God’s answer was “no”, but I’ll give you grace. But really, 3 times God said yes…I’ll lift that burden, and you too!
Some of you are getting bitter toward God because you’ve asked Him to lift your burden and it doesn’t seem that He has…but please realize it may be His will to lift you up, and carry you and that burden through it all. But when we throw a perpetual pity party we don’t allow Him to carry us or the burden either!
“He shall sustain THEE!”
ill.—man walking down road w/ big sack of potatoes on his shoulder / so heavy, sweat on his brow / somebody pulled up in a pickup truck and offered him a ride / climbed in, but kept sack on his shoulder / after a while the driver looked over and said, “man, put that sack in the floor and relax” / he replied, “no sir, I’ll not do it…it’s enough that you’d carry me to town, I’m not gonna ask you to carry these taters!”
And that’s just what we do to the Lord sometimes. Some of you today are carrying a burden the Lord never intended you to carry…but you seem to insist!
“I must tell Jesus, all of my trials, I cannot bear these burdens alone
in my distress He kindly will help me,
He ever loves and cares for His own.” [then chorus]
Come to the altar today and cast your burden on the Lord [symbolically leave it there], and also ask Him what He’d have you shoulder/share.
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