The Problem with Our Burdens

We all have burdens. They can be life crippling or they are light enough that we can put them out of our minds for a period of time. Sometimes they can cause us to do really rash things that we never thought we would be capable of doing. I was talking with a buddy of mine today about a mutual acquaintance who recently took his life. The big take away from the conversation for me was that he some how lost the ability to carry the burdens in his life. It is incredibly tragic to hear someone come to a place where life no longer seems bearable because of the pain and despair that fills you life.

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30, Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] 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. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

His promise is that he will give us rest. That is yoke is gentle and easy and his burden is light. I believe this with all my heart but there is a disconnect between what I believe in my mind and what I do in reality.

You see often I will think I have given my burdens to God but I take them right back. I do this because deep down I think that it is up to me to make my life work. I find myself putting pressure on how I perform. I find myself worrying about things I can’t control. I worry about providing for my family. I worry about things breaking. I worry about whether the things I do today will really matter.

What I need to do is come to a place where I remember that the Gospel is really good news. That Jesus has given me freedom from fear and from performing.

Jesus says that he will give us rest for our souls? I am faced with a crisis of belief when I read that. Do I really believe that God will give me rest for my soul? That I can truly be content in who God made me? That I don’t have to try to be anyone else in order to be happy? That God is enough for me?

 

Jesus said : [25] “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? [26] Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? [27] And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? [28] And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, [29] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [30] But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? [31] Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ [32] For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. [33] But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. [34] “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34 ESV

Jesus is really clear that he takes care of his own. Anxiety is a worthless pursuit. It can’t add a single hour to our lives. I love how he says that our Father knows our needs. I am a new father, and I now know the secret that every father knows. As a father, I am willing to give everything I have for my little girl. I will sacrifice my life for hers in an instant. When I look to God as my true father, my anxiety falls away because I know that he cares for me. My hope is that today you will look at the burdens you are carrying that are wearing you down and come to the one who can really carry them, your heavenly father.