Did God Give You That Burden You
Burdens. The Bible speaks
much of them.
There are those that need to
be shared with others, and then again, there are those that need to be
carried alone. Some are God-given, while others are man-inspired.
In this message, we would like to examine five different types of Burdens
found in the Scriptures.
We guarantee that God will speak to your heart through one of them.
1. Over-Doing in
Exodus 18:18 -
"Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee:
for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it
- "And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you
myself alone...How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your
burden, and your strife?"
This particular burden deals
with the person who over-tasks himself with that which is beyond his own
strength. He tries to do a job all alone. Soon, he finds himself "wearing
away," while being totally exhausted and fatigued through the work.
In the Scriptures, we find Moses from morning to evening judging the
people's "matters" or problems.
- God sent his Father-in-law to him with a word from the Lord - "...What
is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself
alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?...The
thing that thou doest is not good. Thou wilt surely wear away...for this
thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself
Like Moses, are you finding
that the work that God called you to do is very demanding and taxing?
Are you guilty of over-doing in well-doing?
Have you ever considered that the Lord is wanting to raise up others to
You cannot do this work alone.
The Holy Spirit is saying to you this day - "The thing that thou doest is
not good. Thou wilt surely wear away...for this thing is too heavy for
thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone."
Perhaps you think that no one is capable of doing the job quite like you.
Exodus 18:21 - Be
assured of this one thing - God can supply "able" men and women who
"fear God" - men and women of truth who hate covetousness - to help
you carry your heavy burden.
2. The Unbearable Burden
Numbers 11:11,14, 17
- "And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore hast Thou afflicted Thy
servant? and wherefore have I not found favour in Thy sight, that Thou
layest the burden of all this people upon me?...I am not able to bear all
this people alone, because it is too heavy for me...And I will come down
and talk with thee there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon
thee, and will put it upon them, and they shall bear the burden of the
people with thee, that thou bear it not thyself alone."
This burden is unlike the
It's not that you need help in carrying out a certain task. You have all
the help you need in Christ Jesus, but you are not availing yourself of
it. You are allowing your circumstances and the people around you to rob
you of your value and the sense of obligation to the Call of God on your
In Numbers 11, we see the Children of Israel complaining, lusting for
"flesh to eat" because they were tired of the manna, and weeping as
they remember the "treasures" or "good food" of Egypt where they
Because he allowed the "mixt multitude" to get the best of him,
Moses became exasperated and deeply distressed and began to complain
before the Lord - "Wherefore...wherefore...that Thou layest the burden of
all this people upon me?"
What he was actually saying was - "Why me, O Lord? Why did you pick me
for this task?"
He lost sight of God's call
and divine commission to perform the task ahead of him.
It was the Almighty Who appointed him and would surely equip him and
provide for him.
Like Moses, have you allowed the work that God has assigned for you to
become a burden?
Have you allowed the comments of people and the adverse circumstances to
draw your focus from the source of your help - the Lord Jesus Christ?
Have you found yourself
undervaluing the mighty anointing and grace that Jesus has placed upon you
to accomplish the task?
Have you forgotten that you
have a duty before Him to finish what you started?
He never would have asked you to do something that He would not enable you
God didn't make a mistake when He selected you for the work you are
facing. Be assured of it!
You can accomplish whatever He assigns through His strength and power.
3. Religious Burdens
Luke 11:46 - "And
He said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens
grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of
Acts 15:10 - "Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke
upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able
This burden is man-inflicted
and generally found among those who are in a position of authority.
In Luke 11:46, we
read Jesus' word of rebuke to the "lawyers" who "lade men with burdens
grievous to be borne" and yet touched not the same "burdens" with one of
their own fingers. In other words, they were reproved for insisting on
strict religious observances of the traditions of the elders, yet they
didn't adhere to them. They imposed strict "hedges" around the people
which they themselves did not follow.
In Acts 15:10, the Apostle Paul referred to these unbearable restraints as
a "yoke" that was oppressive and burdensome.
Are you in a position of authority today? Do you find yourself "dishing
out" orders to others that you yourself would never follow?
Some people love to order or control others. Are you one of them?
There are Pastors who place unnecessary restrictions on their
congregations which God Himself is not requiring of them.
Matthew 23:24 - There are
Leaders who "strain at a gnat" when it comes to others but
"swallow a camel," so to speak, in their own lives.
There are Parents who impose
demands on their children yet they themselves live "loose" and "easy."
4. Acceptable Burdens
Galatians 6:2 -
"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ."
What is an Acceptable Burden?
It is one carried out by those who are -
...sympathetic toward the weaknesses of others
...exercise forbearance and compassion towards those who are undergoing
certain trials, temptations, and troubles
...afford comfort, counsel, and aid to those who are struggling in their
walk with the Lord
...bear with others who speak and act foolishly
In order to be like Jesus, we must display love for our fellow man.
This is the "law of Christ."
And we are required to "fulfill" it.
So how do we react to a brother or sister who is struggling with a
Do we judge and criticize them or instantly become burdened for them?
Do we fast and pray for them until we see the work of grace accomplished
in their lives that brings them the victory?
When we hear of people's troubles, do we turn a "deaf ear" to them or do
we try to help as much as we possibly can?
Are we sympathetic and caring toward those who are struggling to "put one
foot in front of the other," so to speak? Are we willing with the Word of
God to take the time to undergird them and pull them through a "dark" time
in their lives?
There are just some people who simply "get on our nerves" or "rub" us the
wrong way with their stupidity.
Are we willing to especially pray fervently for these very "trying" types,
or would we rather criticize and talk about them behind their backs?
5. The Word Of The Lord
Revelation 2:24 -
"But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not
this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they
speak; I will put upon you none other burden."
Oftentimes, throughout the
Scriptures, we find that the "Burden of the Lord" referred to a
word of rebuke or correction. It usually was a prophecy threatening
"heavy things" or sufferings about to fall upon the people.
In Revelation 2:18-29, we
read the "word of the Lord" to the Church at Thyatira. There were
those in their midst whom the Lord Jesus rebuked for adhering to Satanic
delusions and devices called "the depths of Satan." These people intimated
that they contained some sort of "deep knowledge" that was only known by a
In Revelation 2:24, the Son of God addressed, however, those who remained
faithful and hadn't received, embraced, or contaminated themselves with
any such False doctrine or teaching. To them, He announced that there was
no need for any further word of exhortation or correction.
What about your life? What about your walk with the Lord?
Have you kept yourself from the False Doctrines or Teachings of men?
Have you rejected any "word of the Lord" that excuses Sin or seeks
to "widen the gate" and "broaden the way"?
Acts 17:11 - Have you taken the time to "search the Scriptures"
like the Bereans, or have you "swallowed" the teachings of the
Popular Preachers because everyone is following after them and buying
their books and tapes?
Are you swept away by those who claim to have a "deeper knowledge"
of God above others?
Or can it be said of you by the Lord Jesus - "...I will put upon you
none other burden"?
In other words, God has no word of rebuke or correction for you - just an
encouragement to persevere in the way that you know is right according to
Burdens. Burdens. Burdens.
Which ones are you carrying at this time?
Which ones do you need to lay down and which ones do you need to pick up?
Let the Lord speak to you this day.
Whatever He says to you, do it.
May God Bless His Word.
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