Bel boweth down, Nebo stoopeth, their idols were upon the beasts, and upon the cattle: your carriages were heavy loaden; they are a burden to the weary beast.
They stoop, they bow down together; they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity.
Hearken unto me, O house of Jacob, and all the remnant of the house of Israel, which are borne by me from the belly, which are carried from the womb:
And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Are you anxious or stressed? Well then, stop weighing yourself down carrying those idols.
The difference between my good and bad days is whether I have truly sought the Lord, especially in the morning. On a bad day I am doing what I think is important, which doesn’t sound bad except that the problem is I invariably end up stressed and frustrated.
It’s not that I only have problems on bad days and none on good days but that the same problems that I face on a good day become unbearable. It’s only a matter of time before my cunning only gets me so far. The harder I try the faster I get nowhere. That is the price for serving Mammon.
Adam and Eve could not stand the shame of being naked when they first sinned. Martha, when she was slaving away in the kitchen, could not handle the burden of all her cares and snapped at Jesus. All sin offers is a life of unbearable cares followed by the worst kind of death, one that leads to condemnation.
In these chapters of Isaiah (between 40 and 50) God talks much of liberating Israel from captivity which was brought about by their betrayal of the Lord. Paul later writes about how we were slaves to sin before Jesus set us free. Now that we are free we are the servants of God.
The difference between God and idols is that we have to carry our idols but God offers to carry us. God does not weigh us down with a burden that cannot be lifted. Jesus offered His yoke which was light.
As I mentioned before, this is not a promise of a care-free life because it is full of troubles. But Jesus has overcome the world and so we do not have to fear. All we have to do is lean back and let Him carry us. His grace is sufficient to for us to be strong and courageous as we serve Him.
I think this song is just right for the topic, Lay My Burden Down.