Jeremiah 23:38-40 “But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD; Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence: And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.”
When you study what is meant by ‘the burden of the Lord,’ it is the prophets who made what God said a burden to the people to whom they are preaching. The prophets of the day made a mockery of the things of God.
It would be like those whose teaching and preaching left off salvation and telling of a real place called Hell. How many churches have forgotten to invite sinners to repent and be saved? How many preachers are speaking of everything but salvation and damnation?
The real burden is to hear the voice of the Lord and speak what He gives us to speak. To place a burden on God’s people, which He has not said is what God is telling us in our passage today.
My thought for the day is this:
“Am I becoming more like Christ, and do people see Him more than me?”
The burden placed upon us is His cross.
Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”
Some may say in their heart that it is for the zealous child of God but miss that it is for every one of us. Not one of us can sit in the shadows or on the sidelines. He has called us all into the fight.
2 Timothy 2:4 “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”
We are all chosen to be soldiers once we’re saved. The fight will happen whether or not you want to engage in it. If Satan cannot keep you from serving God, he will try to get you to destroy your testimony somehow.
If we do not serve God, our enemy will use us to keep others from trusting Christ as their Savior. As we head into this weekend, purpose in your heart that you will shine for Jesus wherever you go.
Your home, the grocery store, at the gas pump, at work, or just to the next-door neighbor, we need to be ever ready to give a reason for the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 3:15-16 “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.”