Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
In the simplest terms, the world is a very hard place. I think some of you would agree with me. Some would say, “Come on now! Just do it! We never said it would be easy!” You’re right. I’ve never been told that day to day life here on earth would be easy. Regardless, the world still is a very hard place.
The context of our foundational verse shows that there is no promise that the righteous will always be happy and prosperous. However, God is our vindicator; our defender. I think we all have an uneasiness about the future. We can’t predict it so instead we wonder what lies ahead. One of the byproducts of our not knowing what’s next is worry. With worry comes a sense sometimes of despair. At the very least, worry directs our thoughts away from God and on to the issue or problem.
But Scripture says to cast your burden on the Lord. It is He that will sustain you. The Lord is gracious and merciful and knows what we are facing. Nothing is a surprise to Him. You might say, “I face so many things. So many things that require my attention.” Well, that may be true. We all face a lot of things and sometimes it seems the issues come so fast that there’s a long line of them. When that happens, we feel like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
But friend, I’m here to tell you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The light is Jesus. The Bible says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV) It’s through our trust in God that He guides our way. It’s through the light of Jesus that we see our Vindicator. We can cast our troubles, our worry, our issues, on the Lord. And it’s in His power that we are sustained. The Apostle Paul said, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV) It’s by the grace of God that we are able to withstand the burdens and troubles of the world. Paul understood this. He realized that he would be sustained no matter what by the power of Christ.
God will not leave His children in the position of worry or doubt or uneasiness or despair, but will rescue and sustain them. Our eyes need to remain on the author and finisher of our faith. His name is Jesus. When we are overtaken by our burdens, don’t go back and try to drag them with you. Leave them at the cross. Take your burden to the Lord. Leave it there.
Lord, thank You that You know what we face. Thank You that we can come to You and leave our burdens at Your feet; at the foot of the Cross. You Lord are our Vindicator; our Defender. Help us Lord not to feel we need to carry our worries and our troubles with us, but to trust in You and You will direct us. Thank You for Your everlasting grace. May we trust in You always and walk in the power of Christ. In Jesus Name. AMEN.
Don’t believe me, believe God!