I love the imagery in chapter 46 of the two Babylonian god’s Bel and Nebo. They were a physical burden for the people to carry and as a result they were captured. Then God tells his people that he has carried them since birth. Unlike the man created idols that must be carried, the real God carries his people.
I get weary from carrying the idols I make. Keeping up with the Jones’, the endless pursuit of beauty (I lost this one years ago), and sacrificing anything and everything to the idol of comfort. The burden becomes too much. I can hear God say, “Come to me, all who are weary and carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.”
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.