One day as I was driving home, I saw an 18 wheeler with a sign that said "oversized load". I'm sure this is nothing new to most of you, and I had seen trucks like this several times before, but on that day it hit me that we, as humans, aren't meant to carry heavy loads. The weight of the world is far to much to bear on our own.
But how do we release control of our current situations? How do we learn not to fear? How do we spread the word of God when we are burried under the weight of the opinions of the world and the pressure from society and ourselves?
In 2 Corinthians 4, Paul speaks of some of the trials he faced when making the gospel known, revealing the sustaining power of that gospel in the midst of afflictions.
"We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who live are always given over to death because of Jesus, so that Jesus' life may also be revealed in our mortal flesh. So death works in us, but life in you.... Therefore we do not give up. Even though our outer person is being destroyed, our inner person is being renewed day by day. For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory."
In this life we are subjected to all kinds of trials and afflictions, but we must learn to cast our anxieties on him and press on in order to bring him glory. Thankfully, Jesus invites us to join Him and receive His rest. In Matthew 11, we learn about the judgement that awaits those who have had ample opportunities to respond to Christ, but have rejected him. Despite this, Jesus praises and delights in his Father. Jesus has received full authority from God over Satan, winds and waves, body and soul, life and death, his disciplies and all other people, in order to save and judge them. Jesus is the answer. He is exactly what we all need. Jesus alone can provide for the need of every sinner which is why we can rest in Him. In verses 28-30, Jesus says, "Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." Jesus lifts your burdens by giving refreshment. He offers us peace of mind, heart, and assurance of salvation in place of the weary burdens of the world. True rest will never be found apart from Christ.
As you go about your day, spend time with the Father. Allow him to refresh you from the inside out. Don't worry about the past or what may come in the future, take each moment as it comes, know who controls your tomorrow, and never stop praising Him in the midst of your greatest storms.
"It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It's when tomorrows burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourselves so, my friends. If you find yourselves so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God's. He begs you to leave the future to Him and to mind the present." - George MacDonald