(Today's post by Chris Queen)
One of my worst qualities is that I’m a worrier. Part of my worrying stems from the fact that I can’t take care of everyone and everything surrounding me. As much as I want to make sure everyone I love is OK and every scenario I encounter goes the way I think it should, I’m not in control.
So the end of chapter 11 of Matthew really speaks to me. Jesus invites us and reminds us to rely on Him:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
These verses remind me to relinquish control and let God take care of things for me. His ways are perfect; mine are not. So why not let Him be the one in control?
In chapter 12, a couple of different episodes remind us of God’s sovereignty and control. First, while Jesus and His disciples walked through a field of grain, they picked a couple of heads of grain to satisfy their hungry bellies. Of course the Pharisees freaked out. Jesus replied with a reminder of David and his men eating the temple’s consecrated bread to survive, and then he made a key statement:
6 “I tell you that something greater than the temple is here.7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Then Jesus healed a man in the synagogue, and when congregants went into hysterics because Jesus performed a miracle on the Sabbath, He set them straight:
11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”
Here’s the reality: God is always at work. He knows best, He’s in control, and He wants us to rely on Him. So, why shouldn’t we?
Let go of worry. Stop trying to do everything yourself. Rest in the One who made you and loves you more than anyone else could. After all, His yoke is easy and His burden is light.