Sunday, July 6, 2014

YOUR BURDENS WILL BE MADE LIGHT


All my life I have been taught that if I am ever struggling or in need of anything, all I have to do is pray, and Heavenly Father will take care of me. That is such a lovely thought and while I do believe it wholeheartedly, I think at times people, myself included, get confused by exactly what that might entail. For some reason we believe that if we pray and live right, everything will be easy, we won't have any trials, and any hardship we might encounter will be lifted away. 
THIS IS FALSE.
The scriptures teach us in Mosiah 24 what we can expect from the Lord in times of need. 

THE LORD HAS PROMISED TO DELIVER US. 
In verse 13 it teaches us that the Lord will come to us in our afflictions, meaning we are not alone and do not need to get through everything by ourselves. He has "covenanted" - promised, that he will deliver us from "bondage" - whatever trials we are going through. Verse 13 also teaches us that He expects us to "Lift up our heads and be of good comfort." Even when we are struggling, the Lord expects us to be positive and optimistic. He WANTS us to be happy. 

HE WILL EASE OUR BURDENS.
Verse 14 says, "I will also ease the burdens that are put upon your shoulders, that you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage." No where in that verse does it say anything about taking the burdens away. Instead, the Lord promises to ease them while you are "in bondage". 

HE WILL MAKE YOUR BURDENS LIGHT AND STRENGTHEN YOU.
"The burdens that were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease." (Verse 15) Just like Alma and his brethren, the Lord will make your burdens light. Again, this does not mean they will be removed. He will simply give you the strength necessary to get through them. 
Verse 15 continues, "And they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord." How often, in times of trial and heartache, are we cheerful? How often in times of hardship are we patient to ALL the will of the Lord? This is what He expects of us and He will never expect anything of us that is not possible to accomplish. 

BE OF GOOD COMFORT.
The last verse says, "Be of good comfort,  for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage." The Lord wants us to trust that He will deliver us. He expects us to "be of good comfort". He explains to Alma that he will deliver him "on the morrow". He doesn't say today, or right this second. Alma has to be patient and wait for the Lord's timing. While God is capable of doing anything at any time, He often prolongs the process to teach us patience and trust in His timing. 
The Lord promised to deliver them "on the morrow",  AND HE DID. Just as He delivered Alma and his brethren, He will deliver you. Trust in His timing. Don't expect your trials to simply be removed, but rather allow Him to give you the strength necessary to get through them. Be patient, cheerful and of good comfort. Trust in ALL the will of the Lord. He knows the way and He will never lead you astray.   

When has the Lord strengthened you and made your burdens light? 
What can you do differently in order to be cheerful, patient and of good comfort during your own trials?


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