Words from the Heart for Friday June 9th, 2017
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22 (NKJV)
Cast Your Burden
When we are burdened down with things that we cannot solve, we become discouraged. We lose heart. We are unsure of the pathway ahead. The Lord meets us at our point of need. We can totally give over the matter to the Lord and watch Him work it out. We can be assured of His help moving forward.
Back in 2014 the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) released a study examining where Canada stood among developed nations when it came to the burden tax payers face. You might be surprised to know that Canada’s tax burden is below the average among OECD countries and we’re way better off than some European countries such as Belgium, Germany and Austria. According to the OECD, a single worker without children earning the average wage in Canada faced a tax burden on labour income of 31.1 per cent in 2013. That compared with the OECD average of 35.9 per cent. In fact, Canada’s ranked 26 out of 34 countries in this category, just below the United States and slightly above Australia. Now you have some information next time a discussion about taxes breaks out around the water cooler at work.
No one escapes a bad day from time to time. Not a single human being has avoided the pain of grief and the pressures of life. We live in a fallen world, where we can bring challenges on ourselves by poor decisions and sin, or we can face the unexpected pain brought upon us by the actions and words of others. It is likely that many of you at this moment are carrying some kind of burden, and perhaps many. The Psalmist David certainly bore his share of burdens. He had the challenges of leadership, the issues in his family that at best would be described as dysfunctional. King David learned early on what a blessing it was to be able to let the Lord God carry those burdens. In Psalm 55:22, speaking from experience, David gives this advice: “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Most of the commands of the Bible come with a promise, and this wonderful command certainly does. We are commanded to cast our burden on the Lord. I like that command. I’m happy to let go of my burdens and let God carry them. If this wasn’t wonderful enough as it is, this command comes with a promise – a wonderful promise. When we give the Lord our burdens, He promises to sustain us. So why are you still carrying that burden?
These have been words from the heart.