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Burden bearer
Sarah Habben
by Sarah Habben
July 20, 2023

Are you an anxious Christian? Your anxiety is no surprise to God. The fact that the Bible addresses anxiety so often shows that God knew his beloved children would struggle with it. 

Maybe you think if you believed hard enough, you could turn down anxiety’s boil. But faith is sometimes big and sometimes small. It doesn’t cure anxiety any more than it can mend a broken bone. 

Instead of examining your faith, examine God’s faithfulness. Picture a father backpacking with his little girl. She isn’t built for the kind of effort it takes to carry a backpack and climb a hill. Her father knows this. So he takes her bag. What does his child learn? Her dad is compassionate. Her weakness doesn’t disappoint him. He wants her to make it, to share the experience, to be in his company. The father’s faithfulness gets the child up the hill. 

Your Savior demonstrated his faithfulness at the cross. He did what you could not—he carried the burden and penalty of your sin. He did it so you could be with him forever. No hill of grief or guilt or worry is too steep for your faithful God. You might start each day at the bottom of anxiety’s hill, but you aren’t alone. You are with your heavenly Father. He daily bears your burdens so you can make it to tomorrow, to next year, to your heavenly home. 

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens” (Psalm 68:19).