Heavy Burdens vs Rest

Heavy Burdens vs Rest

Heavy Burdens

Heavy burdens which weigh down the soul can  be given to the Lord in exchange for rest. Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]”1

Proverbs 12:25 speaks of the heavy burden of anxiety, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a kind word makes it glad.”2

We Can Find Rest

Paul encourages us to, “Let your gentle spirit [your graciousness, unselfishness, mercy, tolerance, and patience] be known to all people. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].3

We can carry every heavy concern of our heart and mind to the Lord in prayer. And we can leave these heavy concerns with Him. God in His kindness gives us His peace which guards our hearts and keeps our minds free in Christ Jesus.


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1 Matthew 11:28 AMPC

2 Proverbs 12:25 WEB

3 Philippians 4:5-7 AMP

22 Bible Verses about Heavy Burdens. Retrieved March 11, 2022, from 22 Bible verses about Heavy Burdens (knowing-jesus.com)

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Every Friday, I join an online Christian writing community, Five Minute Friday. We are given a one-word prompt and write – unscripted, unedited, pure free-write – for 5 minutes. The prompt this week is heavy.

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18 thoughts on “Heavy Burdens vs Rest”

  1. Come to me, the Shepherd said,
    and I will give you rest.
    Lay ye down your weary head;
    I know you’ve done your best,
    but you can drop your cares for now,
    and let Me sort them out for you.
    You may be astonished how
    some of them are just not true,
    but dark phantasms of the night,
    animated by your fear
    that fade to nothing in the light,
    powerless when I am here.
    Rest now, brave and faithful fighter,
    and wake to find your burdens lighter.

  2. It is so hard at times to leave our burdens to God, at least for me because I am a worrier. It’s much easier for my husband. He says worrying doesn’t help the problem at all. Thanks so much for linking up at the Unlimited Link Party 74. Pinned.

    1. I think we have to cultivate rest, Dee, and as we do, rest becomes easier and easier for us. Rest doesn’t come naturally; it definitely has to be cultivated!

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