THE BURDEN BEARER
"Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who
daily bears our burdens" (Psalms 68:19, NIV).
Through this portrait of Jesus, the psalmist, in a thanksgiving mood, praises God because
He "daily bears our burdens." Here he expresses the relief that comes to those
who trustingly come to Christ as the one and only burden bearer. The refreshing good news
is that no one needs to continue struggling under the oppressive burden of sin and its
debilitating consequences. By His death on the cross, Christ became the sin bearer of the
There is a humorous anecdote told of a man on his way to the town market with a basket
full of produce on his head. Traveling in the same direction, a kind farmer stopped his
wagon and offered the burdened traveler a ride. As they went along, the farmer noticed to
his utter surprise that the man was carrying the load on his lap. "Why don't you rest
the load in the wagon?" inquired the farmer.
Apologetically, the old man replied, "Sir, I don't think your horse should carry all
This anecdote may be apocryphal, but it makes the point. There is nothing we can do of
ourselves to earn or deserve eternal life. Jesus is the one and only burden bearer.
"You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him... His heart of love is touched by our
sorrows... Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to
bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe... There is no
perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel."--Mind, Character, and Personality, vol.
2, pp. 480, 481.
There is no need to go through life staggering under the burden of sin and guilt when
Christ has lifted the load on Calvary. When you get on the salvation wagon, unload your
burden and never take it up again. "Many come to the Lord... and they never really
lay their burden upon Him... You are not to do this, Leave your burden there, leave it
with the Burden-bearer, He has promised to take it."--Review and Herald, April 19,
My Prayer Today: Lord, I thank You that You are my all-sufficient burden bearer. I
rest the full weight of my burdens upon Your strong shoulders. Amen!