Saturday, February 9, 2008

His Yoke Is Lighter


At times the load of life can become overwhelming. We are weighed down with all sorts of burdens. We worry over job security and possible loss of health insurance - worries over house payments that just went up - and then there are car payments – bills, bills, and more bills! We are haunted with the thought - what would we do if we got the pink slip? The worry load gets really heavy! Jesus sees our predicament and gently invites us. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

Worry is a burden we don’t need to bear, in fact the Lord doesn’t want us to worry. Jesus says: “You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life —whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear… don’t worry about these things… These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”(a)

In this week’s PROMISE, Jesus tells us how we can get rid of the burden of worry. By God’s grace we can get out from under that heavy yoke. We begin by changing our focus, from our problem (worry) to Jesus, and His invitation to help us. The help we need can’t be found anywhere else, only in Him. Jesus lovingly calls, “Come to me and let me teach you how to lay down the heavy load and how you can get under the soft and light load that I give and you will find rest for your soul.” Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you – for my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” It isn’t hard to figure out which is the better choice.





Let’s pray –
Jesus, we are so grateful for your love for us, even when we are struggling with heavy burdens we really don’t need to bear. Thank you for offering us the choice of your lighter load and even helping us pull it. We are so blessed! But Lord, some times we make the wrong choice. Please forgive us for worrying when we should be trusting you.
Amen


Footnote:
(a) Matthew 6:24-34 NLT




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3 comments:

wttrash2 said...

Iver,

This has certainly hit us in a place that we are at. We need to focus more on Him and less on our "problems" of this world.

Bill

Anonymous said...

Thanks Dad (and Mom) for reminding me where my focus needs to be. This is a perfect verse for me this week. I know God loves me and therefore I don't need to worry about anything because I am in His hands.

Love you!!

Wader said...

Iver and Donna,
Thank you so much for this contribution. What a great idea!
In Christ, Marcy and Wade