What is your Burden?

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.” 1 Peter 3:6-7

Peter was an apostle of Jesus Christ. He was also known as the man who fell but rose again. His own life was filled with many miracles, failures and hardships but he experienced the care of God through it all. In a study of Peters life we see how Jesus healed his mother in law (Mark 1:29-31), helped him with a great catch of fish (Luke 5:1-11), provided for him to pay taxes (Matthew 17:24-27), helped him walk on water (Matthew 14:22-23), repaired the damage he did to the ear of Malchus (Luke 22:50-51) forgave and restored him after he denied Jesus, and He also delivered him from prison (Acts 12). He truly knew the care and love of God throughout his life.

He wrote to the strangers and pilgrims in Asia Minor (modern Turkey) who experienced some hardships and even persecution. He wanted them to have hope and experience the love and care that he experienced from God. He knew that they would be able to experience all that God could do for them if only they were willing to humble themselves and release their cares unto God. The word ‘cares’ means anxiety or to be pulled apart. Sometimes when circumstances are difficult or your life is filled with uncertainties, it is easy to become anxious, concerned or worried. Peter wanted Christians to know that God cared about our burdens and sorrows and is willing to extend His helping arm to those who trust Him.

The Christian life is a journey and pilgrimage filled with many experiences, some exciting and some more challenging. It is not meant to be frustrating or impossible to live up to. At times the road becomes difficult and many become discouraged and consider abandoning their faith.

You may be facing an impossible set of circumstances. Maybe you have lost your job and your financial situation seems bleak. Perhaps you face a difficult health condition. Maybe someone you know struggles with faith and needs to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Or it may be that your desire is to know God more intimately.

It is time to cast your burdens (Psalm 55:22) upon the Lord and allow Him to take charge of all the cares of your heart. Trust the Lord as He promised that if you take His yoke upon you and learn from Him, that you would find rest for your soul, as He is gentle and lowly in heart.