Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 30, 2015

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Kings 6:1-7.

“Now the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, “Behold now, the place before you where we are living is too limited for us.  Please let us go to the Jordan and each of us take from there a beam, and let us make a place there for ourselves where we may live.”  So he said, “Go.”  Then one said, “Please be willing to go with your servants.”  And he answered, “I shall go.”  So he went with them;  and when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees.  But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water;  and he cried out and said, “Alas, my master!  For it was borrowed.”  Then the man of God said, “Where did it fall?”  And when he showed him the place, he cut off a stick and threw it in there, and made the iron float.  He said, “Take it up for yourself.”  So he put out his hand and took it.”   2 Kings 6:1-7.


God daily bears our burdens.  We see it through Elisha’s miracle of lifting the axe head from the depth of the water to make it float.  We see it through the other different things that Elisha did for his servants.

Elisha allowed his servants to go and prepare a bigger place to live.  Our God does even more.  He Himself prepares a place for us.  “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places;  if it were not so, I would have told you;  for I go to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:2.

Elisha went with his servants on that trip.  Our God does even more.  “… He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”  Hebrews 13:5.

The axe head is a symbol of our burden.  It is heavy, and in this context, losing it was a heavy burden to Elisha’s servant.  But, not only did Elisha miraculously lift the heavy axe head to the top of the water, Elisha lifted the heavy burden off the shoulder of his servant.

In sharpest contrast to the Pharisees who “… tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.” (Matthew 23:4), God daily lifts the burdens off His people’s shoulders.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.  Selah.”  Psalm 68:19.

And, as Elisha did bear the burdens of his servants, we too are called to “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”  Galatians 5:2.


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