Don’t Loan the Lord Your Burdens
by Noah Hefley
The Old Testament scripture teaches us to “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you” (Psalm 55:22). The New Testament scripture reads, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). There’s a favorite old Hymn that says similarly, “Take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there.”
So we know what we are supposed to do. The problem is that it is not always what we do. Sometimes we take our burdens to the Lord, then come back and pick them up a few hours later. It’s like we actually loan the Lord our cares for a while instead of giving them to Him forever.
We need to be more like the 84 year old grandmother I read about who enjoyed her independence and lived alone in the old family home. Her 4 children lived near-by, but she rarely called on them except in emergencies. So it was with no small apprehension that one of her sons drove to her house one morning in answer to her phone call. When he arrived she said she suspected that there was a burglar in her bedroom closet, since she had heard noises in there the night before.
The son exclaimed, “Why didn’t you call me last night?” She replied, “Well, it was late and I hated to bother you, so I just nailed the closet shut and went to bed.”
That’s the kind of attitude we should possess. We need to shut our cares up with the Lord, nail the door shut, and leave them there! Then maybe we could go to bed with a calm assurance and say My Lord’s got this!
The answer to anxiety has always been to place it in the hands of the Lord…and leave it there! Think about it…
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