Shed Your Heavy Load

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
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In his first letter to the "Pilgrims of the Dispersion", the apostle Peter gives all kinds of advice to young and old alike, and then he tells them:

1 Peter 5:6-7 – Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. (NKJV)

These verses remind me of a story that I read some time ago about a vendor on his way to market in a nearby town, in the days when people walked long distances to get from one place to another. The wares that the man was hoping to sell were packed in a big bag which he had strapped onto his back. As he was walking along carrying this heavy load, he was overtaken by a farmer riding an empty horse-drawn wagon. The farmer stopped and invited the weary vendor to get onto the wagon and he would give him a ride into the town. He happily accepted and climbed on. After some time, the farmer turned around and was surprised to see that the man still had the heavy load strapped to his back. Apparently, he had not thought about shedding this heavy load.

The writer of Psalm 55 was also carrying a heavy load. A trusted friend had betrayed him and set his face against him. Because he was a good friend, he had not expected this betrayal, and as a result, his emotional guard was down. He then came to the conclusion that regardless of the state of his mind or the way that he was feeling about things, he could shed his heavy load:

Psalm 55:22a – Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. (NKJV)

I would suggest that there is a good possibility — more than we would probably like to admit — that we are quite often like the man with the load. We are burdened down by the cares of this world, like concerns about our children and/or grandchildren, or the condition of our health, or the state of the economy, our country, or our church. During these days of isolation and uncertainty, we may all experience this to some extent.

But it does not matter what the cause of our cares and anxiety is. God calls us to cast our cares upon Him and thus shed our heavy load. He will take care of us.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, there are so many times when we are burdened down by our daily worries. We pray, Lord, that when we bring them to You in prayer, we will be able to truly shed them and be assured in our minds and souls that You are with us. We ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Joel. Blessings.

    Thanks for the encouragement, Joel.

    A wonderful devotion for today. Thanks.

    O YES, Joel! Just what truth I sure needed to hear today. Thank you.

    Amen Joel. A good word today.

    A timely reminder, especially about our grandchildren. Thank you, Joel,

    Thank you, Joel, for this timely reminder. 1Peter 5:7 was a childhood memory verse that bears keeping in mind. Blessings.

    Thank you for your devotional and it reminded me of an old hymn that I remember singing in Sunday evening worship, “God Will Take Care of You.”

    Joel, it is so easy to forget to cast our burden onto the Lord, but we do.
    I appreciate your devotional with its scriptures to remind me.

    Thank you for this lovely email. I look forward to these devotionals every day.
    May God bless you and your family and keep you safe during these trying times.

    We enjoy your Devotionals and can usually know who is writing before we get to the end.
    The Lord has been good to us through happy and sad times.

    Thanks for the beautiful illustration and gentle reminder. It is good to cast our cares daily.
    Enjoy this beautiful day and keep writing.

    Good morning Joel,
    Oh, so true. We need reminders to take stock of what we are worrying about and let it go. Give it away because worry is the opposite of having faith in God. Thanks for the great devotional and wishing you a worry-free day. Blessings.

    Good Morning Joel,
    Thank you so much for your thoughts this morning. They are so true. It can be so hard at times just to let things go but God is good and will always be with us. He will be our strength. Thanks for the reminder. Take care and keep safe.

    Good morning Joel
    Thank you for this devotional today. It is a shame when we do not get rid of the heavy load that weighs us down when Jesus wants to take care of it.
    Once people do that, give it to Jesus, it is one of the best weight loss plans that I know of along with forgiveness.
    Have a great day.
    God bless.

    Hello my friend, Joel, and thank you your encouragement today. I was hit with sciatica a few years ago. Recently the pains have become so severe that could barely walk with a cane. The great day came yesterday, and I was praying for some real relief from my burden. The doctor gave me the usual numerous cortisone shots, but I was well aware of much stronger support. Today I am walking my normal with cane walking, very little soreness, and feel so very good for which I thank and praise the Lord over and over. I told the doctor “You and God are a great team and I’ve got the best.” Even with his mask on I could see in his eyes a smile, then a strange look when he realized what I had said, and he left. I thank the Lord for giving me that special moment.

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