“Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac.” Genesis 22:6 (NIV)
I used to be stronger. I could carry bags of groceries, car seats, toddlers, diaper bags and book bags. I could lift five gallon buckets full of feed for the cows and five gallon buckets full of milk for the calves. I could carry boxes and furniture as we moved across the county. I used to be stronger.
Now I have a teenage boy. He carries things for me! He carries the groceries. He moves the furniture. He carries anything that is even remotely heavy. He’s wonderful! I love that I have been able to pass that burden off on him.
The other day we were rearranging our furniture and he single handedly carried our love seat down the stairs. I was pretending to help; but honestly, he did all the work!
Sometimes the loads we carry aren’t physically heavy, but the emotional burden we carry on our hearts is nearly unbearable. We deal with stress and sadness and hurt and anger and bitterness. The list could go on and on.
In Genesis 22, Isaac carried the bundle of sticks that was going to be used to burn the sacrifice. I don’t know if Isaac knew yet, but he was the sacrifice.
Imagine carrying your own casket. Could you do it? Could you bear that burden? Think about the emotional burden that Abraham had to bear as he loaded the bundle of sticks on his precious son. Think about the pain of watching Isaac carry those sticks. Do you think he led the way so he didn’t have to watch or do you think Abraham followed Isaac, savoring every moment he could watch his boy?
Abraham wasn’t the only Father who watched his son carry his sticks. “So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha).” (John 19:16-17)
Do you think God the Father watched with tears in His eyes as Jesus carried his cross to Golgotha? Do you think He wanted to reach down and carry the cross for his son?
At one point the burden became to great for Jesus to bear. After the beatings and the extreme loss of blood, carrying the cross was just too much. He was unable to go on. “As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross.” (Matthew 27:32) God didn’t let his Son carry a burden he was unable to carry. God won’t let you carry one either.
God is willing and waiting to carry your burden. If it is an emotion burden- give it to God. Rest in His strength. Let Him carry it for you. If it is a physical burden- ask for help. Allow God to put someone in your life to help you carry the burden.
Personal Response: What burden do you need help carrying today? Ask God to help you!