Trusting God With Our Burdens (Freedom from the things that wear you out)
A burden can be a thing that weighs heavily on your mind. It could be concern for a loved one, a financial need, concern about the outcome of a situation. We all have some burdens or cares. Some are light and some are heavy and life draining. Some burdens can rob your sleep at night, which is an attack of fear. We have to find a way to cope.
Jesus said at least 8 times that worry is a sin of not trusting God. Some version of “do not fear” is the most frequent command in the Bible. But knowing this does not keep us from doing it. Our worry and fear is actually a manifestation of unbelief.
Why does God consider worry a sin?
Ill. Look at it this way. What would it say about me if I my 8 year old grandson was traveling with me and worried about where his next meal would come from? What if he lived in fear of his safety while with me? It would mean he did not trust my love, my ability to care for him. Perhaps some parents deserve that mistrust but God doesn’t. If as believers, we live in worry and fear we are saying God says that He is faithful, but I am not absolutely convinced yet.
Noah Webster’s dictionary indicates that trust is a resting of the mind on the good character of someone else. Trust brings rest.
“Come unto Me all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest . . .” Mtt. 11:28 Amp
God expects us to trust Him. A sign my wife placed above my desk at home makes reminds me everyday.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7
Ill. Jesus and His disciples are in a boat on the sea of Galilee and a sudden storm came up. Waves were crashing over the bow and the boat was filling with water and bouncing up and down. Jesus is sleeping on a cushion in the back. These boats were small boats and they did not have a cabin or a deck below. Somehow He slept! Surely He heard the shouts of his friends frantically bailing water. He obviously would have been bouncing on the waves as everyone else did – but somehow He slept! I wonder what would have happened if the disciples would have also just laid down in the boat and let the waves rock them to sleep? Is it possible to be that care-free?
· Peter found it possible – he slept in prison hours away from an assigned execution.
· Paul and Silas sang praises to God at midnight after being beaten.
But they actually had to wake Him and they did so with an accusation.
“Teacher, don’t You care, we are perishing?” Mark 4:38
Is there something Jesus is not doing that you think He should be doing? We ask the same slanderous question.
“Lord, don’t you care about - my wayward child? My financial pressure? My physical health? My mental exhaustion? Don’t You care?
Can you imagine asking Jesus if He even cared? We do, maybe not out loud but we wonder sometimes, don’t we? Of course He cares, but it looked like He didn’t care. This is an important point in our walk with Jesus.
Jesus cares but He may allow it to look like He doesn’t care.
Jesus got up and calmly rebuked the storm and then turned to his panicked disciples and answered their question with 2 life questions of His own:
“Why are you afraid?”
“Do you still have no faith?
What were the disciples afraid of?
1. That having Jesus with them was not enough save them.
2. He was sleeping and not aware of their plight.
3. He didn’t care they were afraid.
4. He was letting them fail?
Make this personal and put your name in this question from Jesus.
“Why are you afraid, Gary? Really be honest, take time to answer this.
My answers: Because I am perishing here and You are sleeping!
Because I am doing all I can do, it’s not enough and You are not helping! Maybe its, I am sinking financially and You’re not helping me! I am stressed out, I don’t know what to do, and You are not helping me.
Lazarus was sick and dying and You let him die! You let Job suffer one hard hit after another and You did not stop it and I am afraid You might do the same to me!
“Why are you afraid?” demands an honest answer from us.
What is the root of our fear? Afraid that God may not come though for us. Deep down we are afraid – I’ve prayed asking God for help and it seems like He is ignoring my prayer.
It is impossible to cast all your care on Him, as long as you have doubt that He really cares about you. So, the result becomes we carry the weight of our burdens because we can’t cast our cares and let go of cares or burdens – not completely – because we don’t fully trust Him.
What if God does not give me what I am trusting Him for?
I think the fear of God not making things turn out like we hope, is a root cause of our fear.
Ill. What if God does not heal my daughter – like Rodney Howard Browne’s daughter? It goes back to the question – Lord do you care? Of course He cares. Our trust in God has to come to the place that we believe God’s will, is better than our will, even if we do not understand it. It is only here, we can let go of care once and for all.
Jesus prayed in Gethsemane – “Father, if there is any other way, then let this cup of suffering pass from Me. But nevertheless if not, not My will, but Thy will be done.”
Ill. John the Baptist was put in prison about to be beheaded by Herod. John sent people to Jesus with a message. He knew the scriptures about the Messiah like, “He would set the captives free.” But now he is in a hard place and has some questions about Jesus because things are not happening like he expected. He sent a message to Jesus. “Are You the One or should we be looking for another?”
Jesus read it and told the messengers to go back and tell John what you see and hear. The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news preached to them. Then he says these profound words.
“Blessed is he who is not offended at Me (and never loses faith in Me no matter what happens).” Matthew 11:6 varied.
Trust is the battle we have in our mind and heart. It goes all the way back to Eden where the enemy raised doubts and fears about God. Our adversary is relentless in raising doubts and questions about God.
We have to fight the good fight of faith in order to trust God and enter His rest
“Submit yourself to God, resist the devil and he will flee.” James 4:7
Note as soon as you submit yourself or a burden to God then immediately you have to then resist the devil. Because the enemy will try to convince you that you can’t trust God with this one, you better off handling it yourself.
If you and I are going to have CPR we will have to do our part in resisting the devil. More specifically this means, trusting God enough to let go of our need to understand or try to control the outcome. If you can’t do this – then your life will show signs of being worn out emotionally, and physically. Your countenance will show the signs of heaviness and sadness instead of joy and peace because you can’t let go of what is draining the life out of you!
Ill. A psychology professor held a water bottle out in front of the class. She asked, “How much does this weigh?” as she continued to hold the bottle out in front of her. One said a pound another said 2 pounds. Then the professor said, “what will happen if I hold this bottle like this for 1 minute? One hour? Two hours?
The class replied, “Your arm will hurt.” The professor said, “Did the weight change?” “No” they answered. What makes my arm hurt? The class began to see the point. “The longer I hold onto it – the more hurt, pain, and even damage it can cause.”
We all have some issues that have happened to us or others and we are trying to figure out why something happened the way it did. Maybe it’s, “Why didn’t God provide?” or, “Why did God let this happen?” “Why did so and so treat me like they did?” You are holding onto it until you get a satisfactory answer or you are holding onto it. Let it go. Release the burden. Set it down.
Some of you today need to come to this altar to be altered in this area and let some things go.
The way you will know you finally have let something go is – you refuse to talk about it anymore.
Freedom is letting go of things you cannot change.
The greatest weight we lose is not in our bodies but our minds. We hold onto memories and hurts and disappointments in our minds and it becomes a burden that weighs us down mentally. We become exhausted mentally and emotionally.
“Cast your burden on the Lord (release it) and He will sustain you, He will never allow the righteous to slip, fall, or fail” Psalm 55:22
Burdens don’t just go away because you cast them on God in prayer. Where is God? If you are born again then He lives inside of you.
So you are casting the burden on Him who lives inside of you.
How does this work? The burden is still there but now the ownership of the burden belongs to God.
Ill. If your burden is a wayward child. You give ownership of that child to God. But the child is still your child but your role has changed. You use to be the owner of that child that God gave to you. Now you are just the property manager, not the owner. This means I don’t own this burden anymore. It is not up to me to fix them.
I am just the property manager who works for the Lord. God is the owner and it is up to Him to direct me if He wants me to do anything. It takes the heavy part of trying to figure out a solution off of me. I just await instructions if any, otherwise I go on and enjoy my life.
I believe the most draining kind of burdens are those within your family. King David had one of the most dysfunctional families in the bible. One of his sons raped his half sister and the king did not do anything about it. So another brother took revenge killing the offender. This caused a huge family feud eventually creating a vengeful son against his father. Conditions got so bad David had to flee Jerusalem to avoid a battle with his son named Absalom. King David was a very transparent man. He did not cover up his burdens as though they did not exist. He wrote a song about it and God had it put in our Bible.
Lord, how are they increased that trouble me
many are they that rise up against me.
Many there be which say of my soul
there is no help for Him in God.
But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
But Thou, O Lord, art a shield for me
you're my glory, and the lifter up of my head.
I cried unto the Lord with my voice and He heard me out of His holy hill.
I laid me down and I slept I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.
David did not always walk in such trust in God. He went through deep grief and real fears. But through necessity he learned to shift his mind from fear to trust, from sadness to hope.
God did not take David’s burdens away. He used them to help David trust in God and to put the weight and the outcome of this on God’s governing shoulders.
He does the same things with us. Instead of removing the burden, He teaches us how to trust and let go of the weight by a day by day process.
Andrea Crouch wrote a song that reveals the process we go through to learn to trust God with our burdens. “Through It All”.
WE know we need to trust God, but until we are convinced that this will really make a difference – we won’t let go.
A lot of us say He is but few give Him the freedom to be Himself within us. Trusting God with our burdens is about releasing control.
Concl: The Bible is filled with real life testimonies of regular people doing just this.
- Peter sleeping in prison about to be beheaded – released control.
- Paul and Silas in prison worshipping. Most of David’s psalms are a model of how to release control of the situation into God’s hands.
- John the Baptist – had to release control.
Now, today, June 23rd, 2019 is your turn. You have free will.
Aren’t you tired of carrying that burden around? Has it drained you of joy and peace? Isn’t it time to give ownership back to God and for you to not try to fix anything unless He tells you?
Altar time is the time and place to lose some weight, some burdens.
Specifically, I think you should all come up here and find a place at this altar to talk to God about what you have been afraid of. Be honest about where you know you are not trusting God – He knows. Stay there until you literally feel the heaviness drop off you and His CPR come back into your soul.