How are we supposed to shoulder our heavy burdens in this life?
Here’s the thing: we can’t.
Oh sure, we need to pull our own weight, do our own work, and fulfill our responsibilities in life. But guess what? We’re supposed to share our burdens with others. Otherwise they’ll fall down and trip us up, and we’ll end up buried under their weight. We’re not supposed to do it alone.
Yep, you read that right. We weren’t created to carry all that weight on our own. We weren’t created to live in a vacuum, independent of all others. And we certainly weren’t designed to live independent of God. So if you’re trying to shoulder your burdens all by yourself… you don’t have to!
First of all, we are to cast (literally, throw with all our might) our burdens upon God.
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Your heavenly Father wants to take your burdens! He wants to carry those things that feel too heavy to bear. But it requires humility. Notice what 1 Peter 5:6 tells us- we must humble ourselves. It takes humility to admit that life’s weight is too heavy for us. It takes humility to admit that we can’t do it on our own. But oh, the wonderful freedom and release that comes when we humbly throw our burdens at His feet! He promises to sustain us to the extent that we are unmoveable. He promises to care for us, and lift us back up off the ground.
Second, we are to let others bear our burdens in obedience to Christ’s law of love.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Galatians 6:2).
See? We aren’t supposed to carry things alone. God commands us to help carry each others’ weighty loads. It’s how true believers show their love for Christ (by obeying Him) and their love for each other, how Christ loves through His people. Sure, it takes trust to offer a corner of your pack to someone, and again, it takes humility to admit that it’s too much for you alone. But do you realize that, if you hold back from sharing your burden, you’re actually robbing that other person of their share of blessing? We are blessed when we obey Christ; if you prevent someone from helping, that prevents them from obeying Christ. We are also blessed as we see God working in and through people; if you don’t let someone come alongside you and help shoulder your load, they won’t be able to witness God’s work in your life.
So throw your burden at the feet of Jesus. And what He wills for you to continue carrying, ask others to help you with it. Don’t complain; don’t whine; don’t nag. Just ask humbly and trustingly. Ask, expecting that they can help you and that they will. And experience the great relief and release that follows.