Today's Devotional Thought
January 19, 2011 by Wendy Foreman
I’ve known today’s verse most of my Christian life. But, I don’t think that I ever really stopped to think what it meant until recently.
Recently, I found myself sitting at a table talking with a church member about life. We were talking about everything from our kids to our homes. And, before I knew it, we were talking about things more personal. I sensed in her voice such heaviness about the burdens she is carrying. She and I are both strong in our faith and we know to go to the Lord with our burdens. In fact, he tells us in Matthew 11:30, “For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light." But sometimes, as I am sure you all know, it helps to just share with someone the things that we are facing.
As I left her home, today’s verse popped into my head. I kept saying it over and over again. I asked the Lord if we are suppose to carry someone else’s burdens or are we to lift their burdens before him for them. I believe the answer is yes to both statements.
I’ve always had this thing about not wanting to take on someone else’s pain because I am so compassionate and it really eats me up. But, the thing that I have learned over the years is to understand that I can’t fix their pain. I can listen and be compassionate and love them and pray for them and point them to Jesus who can heal them and help them to get through their pain (burdens).
Over the last two days, we have been talking about sincere love. I believe that this fits together nicely with that. When you begin to genuinely love someone and you are there for them, you begin to bear their burdens. But, what does burden mean? In this instance, we are talking about a source of great worry or stress. When we talk about bearing a burden it means to help support them up under it. What better way to help support someone while they are going through something then to hold them up in prayer. This is why I said in the previous paragraph that I believe the Lord wants us to bear their burdens and to lift them before Him. I believe our helping them bear their burdens is lifting them up to the Lord.
What are your burdens today? Do you have someone in your life that you can go to and share them with? Maybe to your closest friend, your Pastor’s wife or your Pastor? Maybe you are involved in a small group or bible study? If you hesitate to really open up to people, may I suggest that you ask the Lord to lead you to someone that will understand and be sensitive to what you are facing. Ladies, that is what I did and when I did that, the Lord put Rachel in my path and she has been the most precious gift. And, I learned that the Lord knows what you need better than you do.
I believe that scripture is very clear that we need to bear one another’s burdens and doing that means to support, encourage, pray and then lay our precious sisters and brothers at the feet of Jesus for healing and strength.