Weighed down?

Few people who are morbidly obese understand how much weight they are carrying.

Three years ago, I weighed about 220 pounds. I never realized just what that meant until I had a heart attack that put me in the hospital for 45 days. Afterward, I had lost about 50 pounds, but much of that was muscle meaning I couldn’t walk.

For the next seven months, I went through rehab and cardiac rehab which involved walking three or four times each week. Gradually walking became easier. My weight continued to drop with exercise to 170 and then 160 pounds.

I didn’t learn how much easier it was walking and exercising until I finally played a round of golf. Before my cardiac problems, playing golf was a trial for me. On my return to the course, I played 18 holes before I even felt a twinge of fatigue. I didn’t know how heavy I was or how sick I was.

God ached for his people because they were overcome by sin. In Isaiah 1:4, the Lord God described his people as “laden with iniquity.” This phrase meant the people were under a heavy, massive, burdensome weight. Different translations of the verse include the words, “weighed down,” or “loaded down” with iniquity. One commentary described the term as “a people bearing heavy sins.”

People weighed down with sin don’t realize how much burden they bear. They have carried iniquity around for so long they don’t understand what they’re doing to themselves.

It’s easy for those lost in sin to criticize faithful Christians for believing and obeying the Bible. But they don’t know how bad their spiritual condition or how laden with sin and guilt they are. They have no idea what a burden they are carrying.

If you are living a sin-laden life, it’s time you took a look at the burden you’ve carried on your back. You don’t have to bear it. Give it to the Lord by obeying the gospel. He’ll take the weight. Jesus said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” (Matthew 11:28 NKJV). He’s waiting for you to let him help. Want to rest from carrying that burden? You can. It’s up to you.