“Cast your burden on the Lord [release it] and He will sustain and uphold you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken (slip, fall, fail).” Psalm 55:22 Amp
Stress, anxiety, worry, and heavy burdens sap your strength. So, what is the Lord’s solution for you? To cast your burdens on Him.
The word picture that best describes what that looks like is of a camel that is loaded down with a heavy burden. When it is time for the camel to let go of its cargo, it kneels down on one knee, tilts to the side, and releases its burden into the hands of his master.
I have been carrying an inordinate amount of stress lately and I have had to roll my burdens on the Lord numerous times per day. At times they seem to boomerang! Have you ever felt the same way? You roll it off, then it jumps back on your shoulders?
Sometimes one time is not enough. And that is okay. The goal is to finally, once and for all, release your burden into the Lord’s hands.
Yesterday, while on my walk, the anxiety was so bad that I literally knelt down on the road and rolled my burden off my shoulders and into the Lord’s hands. I did it again this morning – I got down on one knee in my living room, then release each burden, one at a time, into the Lord’s hands.
Is it time for you to release your burdens to the Lord, too?
When you successfully release them, you can feel them roll off. You feel lighter, freer, more joyful.
But how can you confidently let go of the burdens that you care so deeply about? If you let go of them, who is going to take care of them?
Well, the obvious answer is the Lord, but you have to believe that He can, and will, take care of them, or you won’t do it.
The truth is, it is only when you give your burdens to the Lord that He begins doing something about them, because it is only then that they truly become His.
I have seen this happen time and time again – after I truly release a burden to the Lord, I see movement in that area when there has been none for a long time.
It does not mean that you stop doing your part, it simply means that you give the results into God’s hands. It also enables you to stop pushing and over-working which will give you a clearer understanding of what you should be doing in the situation, and what you should not be doing. You will let go of things you cannot control because you have invited God to be in control.
Peter tells us this:
“Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].” 1 Peter 5:7 Amp
That is the goal – all of them once and for all.
Both of these passages have three things in common:
- They both tell us to cast our cares on the Lord.
- They both tell us that God cares for us. (a different word for care – affection)
- They both say that God will take care of what we are worried about.
Here are a couple more Scriptures that say the same thing:
“I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me. He will send from heaven and save me…” Psalm 57:2, 3a
“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me…” Psalm 138:8a
The word to “perfect” means; to end, finish, accomplish, to perform, to fulfill.
If you had a deep love for someone, like your child, family member, or close friend, and they were seriously struggling, what would you do? Especially if they came to you and asked for your help. Would you help them? And what if you had all the resources in the world at your disposal. Wouldn’t your love for them compel you to do something about their situation? Of course it would.
That is what all of these Scriptures are telling you – that God loves us you, cares deeply about you, and will take care of you and your situation. Knowing these simple, yet incredibly powerful truths, are what will give you the ability to release your burdens to the Lord and trust Him.
Another translation puts it this way:
“The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.” Psalm 138:8 NLT
THINK ABOUT IT
- God did not design you to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. That’s His job. In your prayer time today, will you ask the Lord what your part is to play in an area that is concerning you, and what is His part?
- Have you ever successfully rolled your burdens into the Lord’s hands? If so, what did it feel like once you released them? Do you need to do it again right now?
- Will you memorize the verses in this post? They will help you when you need to cast your cares on the Lord.