Blessed [be] the Lord, [Who] daily loads us [with benefits], The God of our salvation! SelahPSALM 68:19
BURDENED WITH BLESSINGS
I’ve got a driver in the house who hasn’t been driving that much because the cost of gas is high and she doesn’t have a steady income to cover what her fuel bill would be. So I asked her the other day to run an errand for me using her car and her gas. I promised to cover her fuel expense and pay for her for her time. To be honest, I could get the errand done without her, but I wanted an excuse to bless her. So in one transaction I managed to burden her with an errand but also to bless her. Indeed the burden became the vehicle for the blessing.
I was fixated on this verse this morning and so I did a little digging. Translators have struggled on this verse. The words “with benefits” do not occur in the Hebrew. The idea is that even if the Lord were to load us with burdens daily, He is still worthy of our praise for all his blessings. Or perhaps even more clearly, day after day the Lord burdens us but carries our burdens for us. Similar to the situation with the young driver in our house, he burdens us with blessings and blesses us with burdens.
God has a way of doing that. He takes what we often consider a heavy burden and he turns it in to blessing. He did it in the life of Joseph (Genesis 50:20), According to the Apostle Paul he works all things together for good (Romans 8:28), and He displayed His infinite power on the cross where He took our ultimate burden of sin and blessed us with His righteousness.
Jesus calls out to us to follow after him: “Come to Me, all [you] who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 “For My yoke [is] easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30) Only when we take on the Lord’s burdens, will we truly understand the blessings in store!
Father, Thank you that you daily turn burdens into blessings. Help me to remember this truth the next time I feel burdened. Don’t let me try and carry the burdens alone, but to truly come to you and find rest, strength, and hope. Show me your blessing in the midst of my messes and help me to see your sovereign hand at work! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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