Lean On Me

February 6, 2024 | Drew Gulas

In 1972, songwriter Bill Withers penned the following lines of the song, “Lean On Me”:

Sometimes in our lives 
We all have pain 
We all have sorrow 

But if we are wise 
We know that there's always tomorrow 

Lean on me 
When you're not strong 
And I'll be your friend 
I'll help you carry on ... 

It may not have been his intent, but Bill’s lyrics certainly can be applied to the faith and trust that we place in Jesus. Jesus’ love and support is always available to us, no matter the situation. We are wise to call on Him for support. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus teaches us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

We are all called to a deeper relationship with Jesus. One way we can accomplish this is through prayer; when we pray, we are free to open our lives and our struggles to Him, and He will always be there to listen and guide us.

In Psalm 107:28–30 (NASB), it is written:

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, 
And He brought them out of their distresses. 
He caused the storm to be still, 
So that the waves of the sea were hushed. 
Then they were glad because they were quiet, 
So He guided them to their desired haven. 

Jesus can help calm the storms within us; He can comfort our fears and worries and doubts. Jesus can also help with any external strife. No problem is too big or too small that we cannot offer it up to the Lord in prayer.

In the closing lines of his song, Bill writes:

If there is a load you have to bear 
That you can't carry 

I'm right up the road 
I'll share your load 
If you just call me 

It is Jesus who can lighten our burdens. It is Jesus who can give hope to hopeless situations. It is Jesus who will always be there for us to lean on.