SOMEBODY ELSE’S BURDEN

Andy Hollifield 5-4-17

Psalms 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Burden——-(1) that which is carried; Load (2) that which is borne with difficulty; obligation (3) to load heavily or oppressively; trouble

Let me begin by saying that I hope this encourages you but I hope more that it encourages you to encourage someone else. It is one thing to get help for ourselves but a more selfless act is to get help for someone else. I wrote recently about “Somebody’s Got To Have A Burden”. The point of that was that the first man who had the idea of carrying the crippled man to Jesus in Mark chapter 2 got a burden to get help for someone else when it didn’t benefit him at all and actually cost him for his efforts. That is what this article is about, praying and getting help for someone else with no benefit at all to ourselves. Not because the young lady that asked for help deserves it or is owed it but simply because she asked and she needs it.

I began to read about burdens as I thought about the young lady I encountered in church recently that requested prayer for a family member that had suffered marital problems, undergoing a possible terminal illness, depression, and most important of all needs the Lord. Without getting into a lot of unnecessary details, I watched and listened as this young lady spoke about her own mom and the condition she was in physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I am not going into detail because it isn’t needed. If we are right with the Lord, we can pray without knowing the situation.

As I sat in church and listened as this broken-hearted young lady poured her heart out to her church family I thought to myself, “How can we not help her carry that burden?” With tears streaming down her face, she began to talk about how she was begging God to send someone, anyone, that might could be a help to her mom and lead her to Jesus. My heart began to be crushed for this young lady. Not believing she was the one that the Lord could use to reach her mom, and that God had not sent anyone else. Put yourself in her position. Would you not want everyone you could to be earnestly praying in desperation if it was your mom and you had no one else?

The big picture is this: we are under command, not suggestion, from God himself to bear her burden. We should not have to be compelled to help bear it but should do so voluntarily with a joyful heart. It should be a joy to us that God would allow us to help relieve that burden. Back to my original point that I started with. Can you imagine the relief that young lady would feel just knowing she had God’s people standing by her? Just to know she wasn’t standing alone? Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. (10) For if they shall fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. (11) Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? (12) And if one prevail against him; two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

I am sorry this isn’t the usual warm, fuzzy, encouraging, article I try to write. I guess if you have to have that, and a lot of us do, just be thankful you are on the giving end of this article rather than the receiving end. You are at the top of the hole looking down. Why not reach down a hand for this young lady in need? I am sure you have probably been there before and you can remember the hurt and the loneliness, how you longed for someone, just anyone to put an arm around you and say “you will be all right”? If someone did, now is a good time to return the favor. If they didn’t, then now is a good time to start something new for the good of others. Oh, and by the way, it always comes back to you.

Since I am one of those that craves the warm fuzzy stuff, let me take a minute to go back and point out a couple of things about the scripture I mentioned. When you are burdened here is something to remember; the Psalmist said to “cast thy burden upon the Lord”. To cast is an intentional act. The good part of that is that it says, “and he shall sustain thee.” It doesn’t say he might but it says he most definitely shall sustain thee. The word sustain means to support, hold, or bear up from below. It also means to keep from giving way as under a trial or affliction. How many times have you been there? How many times has God sent someone along to sustain you, to keep you from giving way under your trial? To bear you up from below and hold your head above water and sometimes while theirs was under and they were holding their breath? But they done it to sustain you. Many be the time when in the midst of heartache and trial God has sustained me himself with the words of a song or just a verse of scripture coming to my mind.

You seldom hear anything about the burden bearers but where would we all be without them. Unsung heroes in our life that sometimes we don’t even notice. We don’t notice who it is holding up our arms in battle as Aaron and Hur did for Moses in Exodus 17. After helping us prevail in victory, they just slip on quietly about their business never requiring thanks or recognition. Never saying “look what I have done” but just going on to the next person they can be a help to. If you can’t do anything else for someone, or even for the young lady I mentioned, you can lift up their hands in battle. You can bear someone up from below just as others have done for you. You can bear somebody else’s burden. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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