Rest From Our Burdens

Michael Beck

“And the king of Egypt said unto them, Wherefore do ye, Moses and Aaron, let the people from their works? get you unto your burdens. And Pharaoh said, Behold, the people of the land now are many, and ye make them rest from their burdens.” (Exodus 5:4,5)

Jesus calls those who labor and are heavy laden to come to Him in order to find rest. The enemy of our soul wants us to be weighed down with a thousand cares. He would oppress our minds and depress our spirits. Like Pharaoh of old he hates the notion that we would be unburdened and find rest for our souls. He would not make things easier for us, he would appoint taskmasters to make our burden heavier.

God calls us to cast all our cares upon Him knowing that He cares for us. He wants us to rest in His love. He wants us to entrust everything that concerns us into His hands. He does not take away our anxious thoughts against our will. We must purposefully roll our burden away from us and on to Him. We must say, “Here, Lord. This is too heavy for me to carry. You take it.”

If we enter into this place of prayer where God is our burden bearer He will give us a peace that passes all understanding. We will not have to know what our future holds because we will have a blessed assurance that God is our kind overseer. We will know that He is keeping that which we commit to Him. His peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus, and the thief will not rob us of the rest our soul needs to stay strong. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee …” (Psalm 55:22)

The enemy puts our minds to work but his real plan is to debilitate us. He would so wear us down that we don’t even want to get up in the morning. The Lord though would strengthen our heart and sustain us for the work He has called us to. He would comfort and encourage us. He would free us to go forward into our day with a lighter heart and a livelier step.

“I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.” (Psalm 34:4,5)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.