"ALL" means "ALL"

You may have heard the story, a man carrying a heavy backpack walking beside a country road is offered a ride by an old farmer passing by on a horse drawn wagon. The fellow accepts the offer for a ride, and a few minutes into it, the farmer turns around to see the guy still wearing the heavy backpack. He turns around and says, "Hey Friend, throw that heavy thing on the wagon". The man replies, "I thought it might be too heavy for the wagon, so I kept it on my shoulders."

Yes, there is a lesson in physics the man didn't understand, but how often are we that man in other ways? Do we sometimes come to the Lord for help, but feel the need to still carry the load? Maybe we've belonged to the Lord for years, but still can't leave it all at Jesus' feet when we face trials and tough times.

Two lessons here, first, if we think we need to keep shouldering part of the problem, we must think we are better or stronger than God. Isn't He much more capable than we are? The other thing is do we trust Him? He tells us a few times in scripture that we can, and He even tells us that if we don't, that we should not expect any answer to our prayers. (James 1:7)

“Trust in the LORD forever, for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength” (Isaiah 26:4 KJV).

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Cast “all your care (or anxiety NIV) upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

How much of our heavy load Peter?