Have you ever had burdens wear you down? Maybe you feel that way now. I believe as we go through life there will be times when burdens seem to overwhelm us. What do I do when that happens? Who should I turn to? Is the Lord interested in my problems?
In Psalm 142 David wrote about a time where life’s burdens were becoming too much for him and what he did. If you are overwhelmed, you can do the same. When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way I should turn. Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. 4 I look for someone to come and help me, but no one gives me a passing thought! No one will help me; no one cares a bit what happens to me. 5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.  Psalm 142:3-5
The world may not care about your problems or want to help you, but that is not true with God. The Lord always has time to listen to our problems. The Lord is like the most amazing parent you can imagine who has all the time in the world for His children. When I pour out my problems to the Lord, this works like a relief valve. When I try to hold in all my problems in life, they usually come out in some type of a health problem or emotional issue.
In our story in Isaiah nine, the prophet describes what will happen when the Savior comes into the world. For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.  Isaiah 9:4
When a person turns away from sin and turns towards Jesus as their Savior, this yoke of sin is broken off of us. This is called repentance. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” 
Are you feeling burdened today? Turn to the Lord today in prayer and call on His name. Just as He was a refuge to David, He can also be your refuge. If you are weighed down with sin, come to the foot of the cross and confess your sin. Our Lord is always there to meet us, to encourage us and to give us rest and peace that only comes from a relationship with Him.