Thursday, December 4, 2008

All Yoked Up

Feeling overburdened? Whether it be the free-falling economy, family pressures, school, a career change, financial debt, health issues, or any combination of the above, life is full of situations that are seemingly designed to crush us. Since the human body and spirit can only withstand so much stress, we desperately seek relief from a variety of sources. Sometimes these can be positive such as friendships, hobbies, and sports. Others, such as drugs, pornography, and the occult can be extremely damaging to ourselves and others. Most are quick fixes at best, though, and all, even the positive ones, can lead to obsession, dependence, and, ultimately, more stress if we are not careful.

There is one burden-lifter, however, that is completely beneficial but not exactly risk-free. Listen to Jesus' words:

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

--Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Maybe you are simply too jaded and world-weary to take these words at face value, but my experience and the experiences of countless other Christians throughout history testify to the truth of these words. Letting go is the hardest part, since we are such control-freaks by nature. Yet, once we learn to "let go and let God" handle things, what would normally be too much for us to bear is suddenly endurable through His strength. No, our problems don't magically vanish, but we do gain the power of God to withstand them.

And the risk? Well, you just might find that being out-of-control and letting God be in control is better than trying to cope with everything yourself. The truth can be tough, but I'm betting you can handle it.


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