What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind!
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun;
all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind….
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Ecclesiastes 1:13-14 & Matthew 11:28
The only question, if one truly reflects on these verses and believes them, is whether we are going to try to carry the burdens of life ourselves, or whether we are going to turn to Jesus, lay those burdens on Him, and find rest. When God created this world for Adam and Eve, it was good, and therefore not a “burden.” But sin has so permeated this world, and our own lives, that we only get glimpses of that goodness. Paul writes that all creation is “subjected to futility.” He’s saying the same thing Solomon did many years earlier.
What are the “burdens” that life is placing on you today? And those around you, what are their “burdens.” We all have them, you know. Sometimes they are heavier, more consequential than at other times: sometimes they can seem quite overwhelming and paralyzing. But we all have them, these “burdens,” these struggles, troubles, problems….
Will you take them to Jesus, those things that are wearing you out and a make life seem so heavy? Our souls find rest only in Him (see Psalm 62), only as we unburden ourselves of the burdens of life, and let Him touch us with His joy, His peace, His love…. David, who knew his share of “heaviness,” knew this: remember his words in the 23rd Psalm: “He restores my soul.”
It’s actually quite a simple choice (to try to carry our own burdens, or let Jesus carry them for us): yet so often we make the wrong one…. Will you TODAY take the time to turn over your burdens, your life, to Jesus? And let Him touch your soul, and bring healing and rest to you? Its seems like such a no-brainer, but….