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Cast Our burdens on Him

Filed Under: Luther's Devotions

Put your burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain you: he shall never allow the righteous to be moved.

Ps. 55 : 22.

Let not your burden rest upon yourselves; for you cannot bear it, and must finally perish beneath its weight. Confident and
full of joy, cast your burden upon God, and say: Heavenly Father, you
are my Lord and God, who has created me and has redeemed
me through your Son. Now, you have committed to me and laid upon me this office or work;and things are not going as well as I would like. There is so much to fret and worry about, that I can find
neither counsel or help. Therefore I commend everything to you Lord. Supply me with counsel and help, and be Lord in these things. Such prayer is pleasing to God, as he tells us to throw upon him all anxiety as to the issue and what we shall accomplish. No heathen, philosopher or scholar, if he have not God's Word, can throw his care and complaint upon God. When trouble arises, he begins to murmur and argue against God and his government, as though God's rule merited criticism. But such men receive their deserts when God permits their calculations and hopes to fail and lets the reverse prevail. They spend their lives in many vain, useless cares and projects and in the course of their experience must learn and confess that many a time the very opposite of their judgment is the truth. The Christian has the rare faculty, above all other people on earth, of knowing where to place his cares. He commits his troubles to God and proceeds with vigor against all that opposes.

In time of danger and in the hour of death, when, with all his
worrying, he cannot discover where he is or where he is journeying, he must, with eyes, senses and thoughts closed to the
world, surrender himself in faith and confidence to God and cast himself upon his hand and protection, and say:God has permitted me to
live until this hour calming all my fears and concerns. He has given me his beloved Son as a treasure and sure pledge of eternal life. Therefore, my dear soul, journey on in joy. You have a faithful Father and Saviour, who has taken you into his own hand, and will preserve you.

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