So Moses said to the Lord, “Why have You afflicted Your servant? And why have I not found favor in Your sight, that You have laid the burden of all these people on me?”
When our burdens- get heavy, it’s tempting to dump our responsibilities. In Jacksonville, Florida, two women on their way to work found a naked infant, believed to be less than an hour old, on the side of an interstate. .The women brought the infant boy to a nearby hospital, where he was reported to be in good condition.
A 24-year-old woman in Dallas, Texas, abandoned her two little girls, ages 3 and 5, in a deserted warehouse frequented by a number of homeless men.
When it became apparent that the mother was not returning, one of the homeless men took the girls to a county probation office, where arrangements were made to care for them more properly.
Moses faced the same temptation. Soon after leaving Egypt, the people began to complain. They accused Moses of trying to kill them (Ex. 14:11); they grumbled about the lack of water (15:22-24); they threatened to stone him (17:4); and they wept because they were tired of manna and wanted “the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic” of Egypt (Num. 11:5).
After suffering through these and many other problems, Moses was ready to quit; in fact, he said to God, “If You treat me like this, please kill me here and now” (v. 15).
Fortunately, God had a better idea. He instructed Moses to find 70 men who would help him carry’ the burden of these cantankerous people (vv. 16-17). With their help, Moses continued on for another 40 years.
If you are trying to bear a burden by yourself—don’t! That’s something God’s people are suppose to do together (Gal. 6:2). If you know of someone who is bearing a burden, go to him and offer to help. Heavy burdens were never meant to be shouldered alone. Help someone bear a burden today.
A BURDEN SHARED IS A LIGHTER LOAD.