If you have ever found yourself asking this, just know one thing- you’re not alone. I truly believe everyone, including myself, has asked this at some point in their life. It doesn’t matter how new or how long your relationship with Christ has been. Maybe you don’t even have a personal relationship with Him, but you still wonder this very question.
Life is a roller coaster. Up and down, up and down. No matter what is going on in your life, no matter what circumstances you may be dealing with, the world never stops. You have a good day, it keeps going. You have a bad day, it still keeps going. And the cycle continues. Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed with our day-to-day activities, duties, responsibilities, that we don’t feel good enough. We feel like we aren’t accomplishing the things we want/need to do, we’re dragging and can’t catch up, no matter how hard we try. No amount of coffee or energy drinks can seem to help us.
One thing I’ve learned in life is that we cannot allow ourselves to lose sight of what is really important: Jesus. When we get in such a huge hurry and are constantly rushing, getting pulled in a million different directions, we forget our blessings and our purpose. When we do this, we start to question our worth. Why do I matter? Is what I’m doing really making a difference? Is it helping anyone? Does anyone notice how hard I’m trying?
I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times that the Bible tells us of our worth. Jesus isn’t like other “gods” that people believe in. He is a God that truly does love YOU, despite where you are in life right now. It doesn’t matter how badly you’ve messed up, or how back-slidden you are. He’s a God of second chances, even though we don’t deserve them. He is a forgiving, “come back home” kinda God. When life seems to be spiraling out-of-control, that’s when Jesus really WANTS us to reach for Him. He WANTS to help us. He WANTS to take control. He WANTS all of our burdens, problems, worries and fears. Why does He want all that? Because He truly loves us and WANTS to give us rest! Just like in Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus tells us:
28 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.”
What does this mean exactly? I’m going to explain it the way my Bible Commentary does:
When we come to Jesus, that means we are trusting Him. This invitation is for everyone who is exhausted and burdened down. When we come to Christ by faith, he gives us rest. When we take His Yoke and learn, we find rest, that deeper rest of surrender and obedience. When we submit to Christ, we are yoked to Him. He has just the yoke that is tailor-made for our lives and needs. The burden of doing His Will is not a heavy one (John 5:3). As we learn more about Him, we find a deeper peace, because we trust Him more. Life is simplified and unified around the person of Christ. (“The Wiersbe Bible Commentary” by Warren W. Wiersbe)
Okay, so how do we give our burdens and problems to God? It’s simple: we pray and have faith. We let go, knowing that He will come through for us. But once we release those worries and fears, we can’t take them back. What we put at Jesus’ Feet, we must leave. Otherwise, you’re not going to see any results. You’re not going to feel any different, any better. All Jesus asks of us is to have faith the size of a mustard seed (read Matthew 17). If we really want help and freedom from our burdens, we will learn to have faith and trust God. But we can’t just have faith in the tough times, we need to keep that faith in the good times as well. It’s true- the more we surrender and rely on Him, the easier it becomes to deal with the stresses of life. Trust me, the craziness of everyday will still be there. You just won’t be controlled or burdened by it. Your mind will be clearer, and decisions will be easier to make because you’re letting God decide what’s best for you.
When we try to take things into our own hands and have control over every situation, we lose sight of the One Who can and wants to give us relief, peace, and rest. I encourage you to reach out to Him this week, tonight, right now and tell Him you give Him complete control of your life. If you’re having a hard time fully believing that He will work all things out for YOUR good (Romans 8:28), just pray for Him to work on your unbelief. And He will. God wants to show you what a difference it makes when He is over your day, your thoughts, your decisions, your life. Trust me, when He is, you’ll never be the same. And you’ll never want to go back to the way it was before!