I will take some of the Spirit who is on you and put the Spirit on them. They will help you bear the burden of the people, so that you do not have to bear it by yourself. (Numbers 11:17)
We share the burden because it not only helps us but helps others. We often welcome the opportunity to take some burden off of someone else, but we’re more hesitant to relinquish our own burdens, especially when we see them as our responsibilities.
We think we have to do so much in our own strength, whether it’s bearing our own burdens or sharing someone else’s, but that’s not God’s intention. God seems to put a priority on sharing burdens not simply bearing burdens.
And by sharing, He assures us we don’t stand on our own. We don’t just share and bear in our own strengths. He wants us to rely on and trust Him. He is the one who bears the burden. We need to share with Him and bear with Him, because only He is wise enough to know the details and powerful enough to handle all the details well.