(Numbers 3:14 – 4:49)
Can a burden be a blessing?
We talk about burdens, as if they were a bad thing. Perhaps a loved one might share a weighty concern, unloading a season of suffering for shared prayer and personal encouragement. Possibly, someone might ask for assistance with some heavy lifting – physically, psychologically or even spiritually.
In God’s economy, burden bearing can be a great honor.
Consider the Levites.
Today’s reading details at length the Lord’s instructions for the sons of Levi (Gershon, Kohath and Merari) and how they are to care for and carry the various components of the Tabernacle of God.
The Hebrew people were wandering through the wilderness, led by the Lord, so the Tabernacle was still a portable structure. When the Lord lifted the cloud of His Presence, the people knew it was time to pack up and move on to the next location He would show to them.
God clearly delineated which members of the Levite priestly line would care for the fabrics, the frames and the other fine items of the Tabernacle. Each Levite family had no doubt about their responsibilities.
As the Hebrew people traveled by foot into unfamiliar territory, following the Lord’s leading, the priests would tote the Tabernacle. The other tribes would serve as sentries and soldiers.
Who wants to be a burden-bearer?
God surely calls each of us to specific tasks in His master plan. Perhaps He has given you a ministry, even for a season, as a burden-bearer. Has He called you to care for His sacred things in some way? Has He called you to intercession? Has He called you to help maintain His house?
How often do we plead with the Lord to place us on the front lines of battle, where we think we might find signs, wonders and spiritual excitement? Might we not find God’s greatest blessings by serving Him in secret and sacred ways?
Could a pole-carrier, a frame-folder or a candlestick-polisher find greater honor in the Kingdom of God? Where does the real heavy lifting occur in the Lord’s ministry?
The Levites picked up poles and parcels. What are we willing to pick up and carry for the Lord? How about the cross of Christ?
“For My yoke is easy
and My burden is light.”
Let’s carry on for the Lord.
Will you pray with me?
Why do we groan and murmur,
As if we carried heavy loads,
When You have borne
The most weighty one of all?
You carried the weight of the world,
Grow our desire
To honor You
By becoming burden-bearers.
Strengthen our faith,
And our will to serve You
Wherever You will.