The Divinity of Burdens
Numbers 7:9-10 “But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders. 10And the princes offered for dedicating of the altar in the day that it was anointed, even the princes offered their offering before the altar.”
Numbers 4:14-15 “And they shall put upon it all the vessels thereof, wherewith they minister about it, even the censers, the fleshhooks, and the shovels, and the basons, all the vessels of the altar; and they shall spread upon it a covering of badgers’ skins, and put to the staves of it. 15And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.”
Although abstract, the deepest element of the Whitney Houston funeral was the last few minutes as the 6 pallbearers hoisted her golden casket in the air, swiftly shifting it to their shoulders, bearing it with no hands, walking out of the church building and through her New Jersey streets. Their actions symbolized reverence and respect for her body and talents. As seen in the two passages above, through divine biblical command the burden of the Ark of the Covenant was to be carried upon shoulders and not to be touched by the hands of certain men. From an application perspective, if the body and casket of the deceased Whitney Houston could be treated with so much respect, please honor and respect life, the living, and most of all the Divine Creator who provides sanctified blessings. Bearing burdens is a divine exercise.
At one point the family of Kohath became lazy and shifted their human responsibility to that of animals by way of oxen (2 Samuel 6:6). The results were fatal. Be careful and do not be so quick to push your problems aside, God might be asking you to carry a burden for His Glory. Jesus remained upon the cross, bearing our grief, sorrows, burdens, and sins. Stay the holy course and do not give up the struggle.
Discomfort is a critical element of Christian living and God will never place on us more than we can handle. The management and carrying of burdens is a divine task, issued and ordained by God. If God has given you a burden, refrain from trying to swiftly shake it. Remember the response of Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” Reverence God and Remember, you are the clay In the Potter’s Hands. God has paved a way to save and comfort you today!