“My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened you? Answer me.” Micah 6:3
God is asking them a simple question as to how He has been a burden to the. He had provided everything that they had needed since they were brought out of Egypt. God had given them land, food, and victory over their enemies many times. Yet, the Israelites chose to follow and serve other false gods.
People like to say that it is difficult to live as a Christian because there seems to be so many different rules. They see God as a harsh judge that just requires people to follow difficult rules and allows for no freedom.
Churches can often make this seem like the truth, that God is harsh. Rules are often made up on how a person is supposed to live and what he can and cannot do, that are not in the Bible. Some of these rules have been: cannot go to a movie theatre, cannot dance, cannot play cards, and the list goes on. These types of things can push a person away from God, rather than drawing him near.
Along with those types of rules, many churches or people are legalistic in following God. There is no grace or mercy involved. In himself, no person can completely live up to God’s standards. God has provided salvation through Jesus, not through a man’s work.
The only burden that God has put on you is to love and obey Him and love your neighbor. When you are doing these two things, everything that is done will done with joy. It becomes a joy to spend time in prayer talking to the one who loves you perfectly. It becomes a joy being able to share the gospel message with someone else. It becomes a joy when you can help another person in their time of need. It becomes a joy seeing God do great things in and through you.
When everything is being done with joy, nothing is a burden. Jesus said that His burden was light. God is not out to put a heavy burden on you. He is there to give you an abundant and fulfilling life in serving Jesus.
How do you see following God?
As a heavy burden?
Or an exceedingly great joy?
I pray today that you will know the love and grace God has for you; that you will see the joy in serving God; that you will find joy in loving others; and that you will follow God out of love rather than a burden.