Jesus knows we are heavy laden with burdens. He called out the Pharisees on their role in laying heavy burdens on men’s shoulders.
“The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.” Matthew 23:2-4 (NIV)
The world places burdens on us.
We place burdens on ourselves.
Health concerns can become burdens.
The list of forces that lay burdens on mankind is almost endless.
The good news: Jesus is concerned with mankind being heavy laden with burdens and wants to give us rest.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.“ Matthew 11:29 (NASB)
Jesus will gladly bear our burdens … if we will simply bring those burdens to Him … and stop reclaiming them as our own. And He will give you rest. In fact, Scripture reveals that bearing another’s burdens is the law of Christ.
Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 (NASB)
Note what Jesus promises to those who come to Him that are weary and heavy laden …
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30 (NASB)
Oh Lord, my soul needs the rest that only You can provide!