We need to read,
study and meditate upon the text of Scripture, and pray to God that we
may be spiritually enlightened through our study of the Bible.
God’s Word enables
you and me not only
to learn the difference between good and evil (Hebrews 5:14), but it
additionally gives insight into the devices Satan uses in his efforts
the advantage over us (2 Corinthians 2:11).
God has a plan. We
know it by divine revelation as one He
formulated in the person of Jesus Christ before the foundation of the
God’s plan is one characterized by love, mercy and grace to
men to Him and to one another in one body. God wants to bless all of us
abundant life presently and eternal life when Jesus comes again.
Satan has a plan. We
know it as an alternative plan he has
devised in his attempt to counteract, disrupt and frustrate
God’s plan of
redemption. Satan’s plan is to harden hearts so they become
heaven’s call and directives, drive wedges to create disunity
children and bring together in fellowship those he has begotten with
Heavenly Father has begotten (Matthew 13:24-30).
Isaiah writes how
God’s thoughts and ways are higher or superior to our own.
His plan is superior
to Satan’s plan. Satan is a loser, and all those who allow
themselves to be
deceived by his lies will suffer enormous loss together with him.
At one time, I thought that little innocent children
did not bear any burden, but this is not true in a complete sense. For
time now, my wife and I have been supporting St. Jude
in Memphis, Tennessee.
This hospital is known
far and wide as a ray of hope with medical breakthroughs, the caring
the curing of many children. We know that even the most innocent of
and some of them just infants must bear the burden of life threatening
and the accompanying pain. “But Jesus called them unto him,
and said, Suffer
little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is
(Luke 18:16). It is comforting to
know that young people, because they have not reached the age of
are safe in the arms of our Lord.
Beyond doubt, burdens are part of life. The word burden
means: anything that is carried or endured; a load of material things
duty, work or sorrow, etc. To shirk ones duties and responsibilities is
shameful. We have seen many avoid and dodge their duties both in the
and on a personal basis. Such types of people are generally easy to
Some are just lazy, allowing others or their government to take care of
To be direct in speech, some are just, as the saying goes, sorry folks.
Concerning people of this sort, “…that if any
would not work, neither should he
eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). The apostle Paul admonishes all
people, “For every man shall bear his own burden”
There are times when people need help. Sometimes this
assistance is spiritual in nature, and many times physical and material
needed. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) said, “No one is useless
in this world who
lightens the burdens of another.” I find Dickens’
quote very encouraging. As
one studies the Sermon on the Mount, it is quickly apparent that
to do that which is good unto their fellow man. Jesus said,
“But I say you,
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate
and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute
As a Christian, I am thankful that I can rest my
burdens on my God and my Savior. “For my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light”
(Matthew 11:30). “Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall
sustain thee: he
shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).