“They stooped over, they have bowed down together; they could not rescue the burden, but have themselves gone into captivity.” Isaiah 46:1-2
God is speaking through Isaiah about the Babylonian gods/idols “Bel” and “Nebo,” and it reminds me of my temptation to do the same.
Sometimes when I see the burdens of others I too can stoop over and bow with the weight of their burden and end up in captivity myself. God does tell us to “bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ,” but He does not mean in our own strength. He is pointing us to the only one that bears our burdens—Jesus Christ.
Jesus invites us, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30; *Galatians 6:1-5
Prayer: God, may I bear the burdens of others while remaining yoked to Christ so that I may fulfill your commandment of love, for your glory and namesake. Amen.
Glorify God. Magnify Christ. Edify the Brethren.