“And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the LORD.”
When you think of a burden, you think of something that is hard for an individual to carry. You often hear someone ask others to pray for a burden they are carrying because that burden is heavy on their heart. Anyone who has ever carried a burden knows the challenge and difficulty of carrying it.
However, one would never imagine that the LORD would carry a burden. You would think that because the LORD has everything under control that He would have no burdens to carry. Yet, the verse above talks about the “burden of the LORD.” In fact, four times it is mentioned in this chapter that the LORD carries a burden. Two things are described as the LORD’s burden.
First, having to forsake His children is a burden to the LORD. Forsaking His children is not that He would leave them, but it is taking His hands away from them to let them face the consequences of their own actions and devices. Christian, there are times when the LORD is done trying to get your attention through His mercy and grace, so the only other action is to leave you to face the consequences of your own actions; this is a burden for the LORD to carry. This would be the same as a parent pulling back from helping their child, only to watch them fail. My friend, the LORD earnestly desires the best for His children, but it becomes a burden when He can no longer bless them and has to leave them to face the consequences of their sinful actions.
Second, having to punish His children is a burden to the LORD. Verse 34 says, “The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house.” Again, it is not the LORD’s desire to see His children face sin’s consequences, but there are times when He has to punish them because they won’t listen to His Holy Spirit. Again, it is like a parent who deeply loves their child and never wants to discipline them, but when they do discipline their child, it is burdensome to their heart. The burden the LORD carries is great when you consider how He must punish His children who won’t heed the plea to return. It is sad that the LORD would have to carry this burden after all He has done for us.
My question for you is, have you become a burden to the LORD? I know the LORD loves you, but are your actions a burden to the LORD? The LORD never likes to see His children doing wrong because He knows He must punish them if they continue to sin. When your actions become a burden to the LORD, it is time to change those actions to help lift His burden. It would be terrible that you would cause the One who saved your soul from Hell to carry the burden of punishing you because you won’t reciprocate by living for Him.
The answer to not being a burden to the LORD is to do right. Christian, do right if you don’t want the LORD to take His hands away from your life to leave you to face the consequences of your sin. You have a choice, be a burden to the LORD by continuing to live in sin, or be a delight to the LORD by serving Him and obeying His commandments. The latter action is always more beneficial to the Christian. Let me challenge you always to consider if your actions are burdensome to the LORD. Make it your goal never to let the LORD say that you were a burden to Him.