“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Imagine having £1,000,000 in the bank, would you phone up the manger every day to make sure that what you have deposited is still there? Would you sit around all day wondering if someone has held-up the bank or if maybe a cashier has put it into someone else’s account? What would you say to somebody who had notions like these? You would try to make them see sense and show them that there was no need to be so concerned. You would convince them that the bank is looking after their money. The words of Jesus in our text ought to calm our fears for all matters concerning of physical existence.
Come to Jesus
The only one who can give us peace in this troubled world is Christ. He gives the “peace … which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). Are we not guilty of looking for solutions elsewhere when the Lord has promised to care for us and provide for all our needs? “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). All we need to do is give God our worries and He will give us His peace. “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).
Take His yoke
The yoke was is a device to guide animals so that the job of turning over the hard ground would be easier and smoother than without it. Often we are martyrs to our own cause and work at overcoming problem by our own ingenuity, but sooner or later we run out of energy and fail. When we allow the Lord to lift the heavy burden from off our shoulders, we will then find the rest He promised. He gives us the right tools to get the job done. We would be fools not to permit Him to swap a heavy burden for a light one! When we come to Him in faith and take Him at His word, He will set us free. “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). By taking His yoke we will have the strength to sail through all our worries and fears. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
Learn from Him
“If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). The truth can only set us free it we put it into action in our lives. By meditating upon the word of God we will come to a greater understanding of who He is and what He can do. The only reason why we fail to trust in the Lord, is because we do not know Him as we ought. Those who are willing to be taught of Him will find they worry less about the things of this life. His word must be applied to every part of our lives if we are going to find the rest and peace we need. “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:11-12). Jesus promised that we would receive this rest. If we find ourselves becoming angry, irritable, and argumentative, then we need to learn humility, but only the kind Jesus can give. If pride has got a hold of our hearts, then we need His meekness. Let’s face it, the more we worry, the less we are like the Lord.
The best and only place to turn in times of worry and crisis, is to Jesus. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6). As the hymn states, we have a Friend in Him, for He cares for us more than we could ever know. The remedy for all our worries is readily available and free of charge; what a pity that we do not take up the offer. “For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not” (Isaiah 30:15). We could go to the doctor to get some pills to calm our troubled mind, but no man can give us peace and rest. This world can only dull our senses; Jesus gives us a clear mind. “I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:4).
Worry is something we could definitely do without because it produces nothing productive in our lives. It brings with it stress, headaches, sleeplessness and illness. It is a destructive emotion that can weaken our spiritual life too. It cannot lengthen our years, but it can possible shorten them. If you cannot cope, fly to the one who can! “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident … For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock” (Psalm 27:1-3,5).