It’s easy to pick up burdens God never meant for us to carry. Sometimes, it may even seem holy to be heavy-laden. Yet, in Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said that all those who come to him will be given rest, an easy yoke and a light burden.
“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
We burden ourselves when we worry over matters we cannot control. But when the Psalmist writes, in Psalm 131, “I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me,” they rest in surrender. God’s call to His children is a beautiful partnership, where He does the heavy lifting and we are called to seek Him, follow His word and trust in His power.
We may resist this idea of rest, as so many of us are leaders and intercessors who carry the weight of our families, cities and nations on our shoulders. And it’s worth noting a call to surrender is not the same as a call to passivity. It’s about walking closely with the Holy Spirit, listening to the Father’s unique purpose for our lives, and obediently following Him.
This week, read Psalm 131 and reflect of this prayer:
Father, where in my life have I picked up a burden you didn’t ask me to carry? I place it into your hands. Please help me to swap this for your purpose over my life for you have said your yoke is easy and your burden is light.
Question for Reflection:
What are some burdens you would like to place into God’s hands this week?