What You Should Do with Your Burdens

From Joseph: The past week has been one of our most emotionally difficult and challenging as a family. As we continue to look up to God for the darkness to lift (and it will), I’m reminded of a post I wrote a year ago on the power of trusting God with our burdens. We are grateful for your prayers. We covet more.

I’m reminded of God’s providence in a 1916 hymn by Charles A. Tindley:

Leave it there, leave it there,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there;
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out—
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

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Trust is risky

At the start of this year, God inconvenienced me significantly. I was suddenly faced with the prospect of making a decision that would have huge impact on me personally and my family too. The future looked uncertain, for a moment.

I had to make a difficult choice: either trust God, take risk and move out of my comfort zone or stay with the easy option and be comfortable. Comfort is not necessarily a bad thing, right?

But I chose to be inconvenienced. I chose to risk. I chose to trust. I chose to walk into the unknown — with God leading the way. Trust can be daunting and scary. Trust is risky.

Trust is the only way

Risky? Yes. But rewarding.

The world tells us to find our way. The media says we’re in control but you know better that’s not true. We’re hardly ever in control. We need to trust. We need to lean on a Saviour — the Saviour.

Trust is the only way.

What you should do with your burdens

Tindley’s words reminded me of my dilemma and what I did with it — I took it to the Lord. Some burdens aren’t meant for human shoulders. They’re too big, too heavy for us. But they fit at Calvary. Leave it there!

Troubles don’t last forever; each comes with expiry date. Tweet

What are your burdens and troubles today? They’re only for a little while. Challenges strengthen us, when we have Divine Providence on our side.

Take them to the Lord… and leave them there.

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” – Psalm 55:22.

Image courtesy of bichxa / Foter / CC BY-NC

About Joseph Iregbu

I'm a writer, purpose guy, speaker and business consultant. My passion is to help people live with purpose and not waste their lives. I live in the UK with my wife, Temi and our gorgeous Isabel Juda. Let's connect on Twitter and Facebook.

  • I find that I can start picking up my burdens little by little and before I know it I have a huge burden of worry and stress. I find it helpful to remind myself that I’m really working for God and not for man and God doesn’t expect me to carry my burdens around with me wherever I go because he has already freed me of them.

  • Fear can immobilize us or it can motivate us to move closer to our Savior. I’m guilty of not trusting as I should, but God is faithful even when I’m not.

    Thanks for this great reminder to lay is down and not pick it back up!

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