If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders…

“Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”

– Ps 55.22

On Sunday at my church there was a spirit of mourning.  In a small group of only thirty or forty, multiple people had lost family members in just the last few weeks.  Many of these family members were Muslim and died apart from saving faith in Jesus Christ.  Islam requires that a person be buried with 24 hours of death – before the sun goes down on the day of death.  This reality coupled with the cost and time it would take to travel home, none of my friends were able to go home to mourn or be with family during such difficult times.

One man got up and shared a testimony as to the goodness and faithfulness of God.  Through tears He praised God for salvation and the gift of grace, and petitioned prayer that some of his family might come to faith and be able to spend eternity in Heaven with him, even though his brother had just died and entered a Christ-less eternity.

Three other friends, in response to this testimony, prayer and praise sang this song:

There is no problem too big
God cannot solve it
There is no mountain too tall
God cannot move it

There is no storm too dark
God cannot calm it
There is no sorrow too deep
He cannot soothe it

If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
I know my brother that He will carry you
If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders
I know my sister that He will carry you

I grew up singing this song.  And the truth of it establishes itself deeper into my heart the older I get.  Childlike faith is beautiful, salvific, and foundational to the Christian faith.  And every trial through which He brings us deepens our trust, our faith, our confidence and our peace in His sovereign will and power over our lives.  He teaches us to cast all of our cares and burdens upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5.7).  In the midst of trials we have two options, 1) we can blame God, get angry at Him and try to get through it on our own, or 2) we can press in to God, trust Him, and let Him carry our burden as He promises to do and believe that He will be glorified through all of it and He will work it out to our best (Rom 8.28).

The more trustworthy God proves Himself to be throughout our lives, the more deeply we invest every aspect of our lives to Him.  And as He comforts us, we are then able to comfort others, and push them on to trust and love God as they experience life and trials.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

– 2 Cor 1.3-4

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One comment on “If He carried the weight of the world upon His shoulders…

  1. Thank you, and amen.

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