Sunday, April 4, 2010

My Yoke is Easy and my Burden is Light

Matthew 11:28-30
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Whatever your burdens in this life, whether they are big or small, inward or outward, all consuming or just a minor annoyance you don't have to shoulder this burden by yourself. Sure you can find temporary relief in screwing up your will power to be brave and by convincing yourself not to worry.

You may find relief in sharing your problems with others, just having someone else know is enough to make us feel better for awhile. But, then one day sometimes without you noticing, you will feel the weight of your burdens settle down upon your shoulders.

This verse tells us that Jesus yoke is easy and His burden is light. Does it promise that we will not have burdens, and that all our problems will magically vanish? No it doesn't, but what it does promise is that rather then shouldering our burdens by ourselves and being yoked alone, we will be yoked to Him. He will help us carry our burdens. Instead of bearing the weight of our worry and fear alone, He will shoulder the burdens with us. With Him beside us, we are more easily lead by Him.

Why then do we have such a hard time giving up our burdens? We still worry and and try to take control over things that just can't be controlled by us. Is it pride? Is it fear of the unknown? Is is simply stubbornness? Whatever the reason we need to pray and seek out why we are not accepting the offer of having our burdens lifted. Sometimes it's just that we don't realize that we feel the need to control our own lives, giving up control is one of the hardest things for us humans to do.

Join me in giving our burdens to Jesus, let Him shoulder your burdens with you and give Him the control. Look at it this way, God is writing your story, He knows how everything will turn out and will never ever mess up or blot the page. Why then do we keep trying to take the pen and scrawl upon the page with our limited view and imperfect handwriting? I pray that I will be able hand the pen of my life back over the the Author and stop trying to write my own story!=)