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           “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world” (I Peter 5:6-9).


            C. Albert Tindley wrote, “If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold, And you have to get along with meager fare, Just remember, in His word, how He feeds the little birds; Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there”.  God has promised His care to all those who seek Him before all else.  He spoke of the birds and how He takes care of them; He then asked the question “Are ye not much better than they?  (Matthew 6:26).  He also spoke of Lilies stating, “And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 6:28-30).  Jesus concluded this line of thought with the words, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:33-34 NKJV).


            Albert Tindley wrote, “If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
And your soul is almost sinking in despair, Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal; Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there”.  James wrote, “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him” (James 5:13-15). 


            The song states, “When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail, Don’t forget that God in heaven answers prayer; He will make a way for you and will lead you safely thru; Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.  When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on, And your body bends beneath the weight of care; He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end; Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.  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”.  In the Hebrew letter we are told, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).  This promise, according to the psalmist, includes His presence even in death (Psalms 23:1-6), 


            Jesus gave His life that He might save mankind.  The Hebrew letter tells us to look to His example and follow Him so that we may persevere. The inspired writer stated, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; Who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds” (Hebrews 12:1-3). 


            The inspired writers often wrote that worry would solve none of life’s problems:  Paul wrote, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).  Jesus stated, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” (Matthew 6:31). Paul looked to Jesus for strength and stated, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).


            Paul told the brethren at Corinth “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). When life seems to be unbearable we must allow Christ to help.  Paul stated, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).


            Will you “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there”?


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