We have all experienced seeing a monstrosity moving along the highway with that enormous sign attached: OVERSIZE LOAD.  We probably were made aware of its presence by another vehicle that carried the same sign attached.

Maybe I should have a sign like that on our truck.  It has helper springs and air-shocks and is usually overloaded.  I have little idea as to its total weight, but I know that its contents exceed the norm.

Watching young people heading for school each day with their backpacks, we want to strap on them a sign, OVERSIZE LOAD.  Then comes the flights we make on the airplane and we ask ourselves, “Did anyone check the amount this guy is carrying on?”  And on and on it goes.

Having been in pastoral work for more than fifty+ years, I have observed people carrying oversized loads far too frequently.  In spite of the fact that God says: “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken”, (NASB) there is the grave tendency to gather as much as possible on our shoulders and prove we can handle it.

Then on the other side of the coin, at times we are prone to think that our load is unbearable.  We get hit with a sequence of events — many created by our own doing, that make us wonder if we can take it any longer.  There is the build up and subsequent burdens of mental, physical, emotional trauma in which we try to distinguish whether these things are of the world, the flesh or devil.  Then, again, are they directly from the Lord?

Naturally, we as believers are sent to the Word of God for answers, and an old favorite verse of Scripture surmounts the OVERSIZE LOAD.  “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NASB)  Obviously, there are no OVERSIZE LOADS when we trust HIM as we move through the weighty problems of life.  We rest confidently that each thing is part of “all things” (Romans 8:28), and that by rolling burdens onto the Lord makes them readily bearable.

Remove those OVERSIZE LOAD signs in your life.  They are unattractive and unnecessary.

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