Have you ever felt like you were just in over your head? Like your circumstances were beyond your control? I sure have! In fact, I was just feeling this way the other day! But… the GOOD news is, we don’t have to shoulder the load ourselves. Jesus says in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” So… what does that really look like, when we have real problems that are weighing us down? Serious life issues that we are facing, that we don’t know the answer to? How can our burden be “light” when what we are facing is the unknown?
I have learned that it’s during these times in my life (when I truly don’t know what to do in my own strength) that I need to simply enter into the rest of God and have a quiet child like confidence — trusting my Abba.
Isaiah 30:15 says this, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.”
WOW! What a powerful truth!
A couple of days ago there were a couple of different situations that I was battling with. As I would go over different possible solutions in my mind, nothing seemed to be the right answer. The more I would mentally try to figure out what to do, the more stressed, and out of peace I would become. FINALLY… at the end of myself, and my human strength, I came to place of calling on the Lord, and telling Him, “Lord, I don’t know what to do here, but this situation didn’t take you by surprise, so I’m going to trust you to work things out while I rest!”
Incredible! What a burden that had been lifted off my shoulders as I was entering into God’s rest. (Isaiah 30:15)
Amazingly enough, I sensed Him saying… “I’m working on your behalf, while your resting!” It was a beautiful afternoon, so I decided to go outside, read my Bible, and enjoy the sunshine. I rested physically, and I rested my mind mentally, from trying to figure out the answers to my problems that I had allowed myself to get so worked up over. A short time later, amazingly, things just fell into place. And the very things that were bothering me, God took care of!!! As I applied Proverbs 3:5-6, everything became clear:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
Pretty cool, huh?
God is so intimate and involved in our day to day lives. He can truly be trusted. My encouragement to you is… Enter into the REST of God. What ever you may be facing today, He will work on your behalf while you rest and trust Him. His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.