Heavy Backpacks

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For Sunday November 20, 2022

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

Pediatricians are concerned that many children are carrying too much weight in their school backpacks. Lugging too heavy a burden around all day can trigger chronic back, neck, and shoulder pain, and some doctors think it can lead to scoliosis. As a rule of thumb, a child’s backpack shouldn’t be heavier than 10 to 20 percent of his or her body weight.

Many of us carry around burdens that are too heavy. Here are some of the Bible’s best “burden” verses:

  • I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens. (Exodus 6:7)
  • Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. (Psalm 55:22)
  • When I was burdened with worries, you comforted me and made me feel secure. (Psalm 94:19, CEV)
  • My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:30)

Is your backpack too heavy? Cast your cares on Him by faith, and say with the psalmist, “Praise be to the Lord, . . . who daily bears our burdens”!

If you want rest, O weary souls, ye can find it nowhere until ye come
and lay your burdens down at His dear pierced feet.


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David Jeremiah, Turning Points with God: 365 Daily Devotions (Tyndale, 2014)
Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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