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
The pressures of life are not responsible for all our stress. Every stress isn’t necessarily a part of our sharing in the sufferings of Christ (1 Peter 4:13); it can be a self inflicted disease. Some stress is a sin against God’s rest and peace that we should repent of. The stress that we enter into isn’t always a problem to be prayed about but a call to repentance. Each stress can be pointing to a place where we are not learning of Him and taking up His yoke or will. He said, “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 Matt 11:28-30.” This verse speaks of rest in salvation but also rest in continued submission.
When we pursue our own aims, convinced they are God’s, it will lead us to stress. Peace can only rule in our heart when we completely abandon our personal desires in order to obey His will. As long as we seek to fulfill our own desires which at times can be for affirmation and success by pleasing others, stress will remain. Jesus said, “How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only John 5:44?” We ought to be out to just please God because peace and rest is at the heart of pleasing God. We should take His yoke upon us for:
1. Jesus has a will about everything in our life that is important to pleasing God (Colossians 1:9).
“For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.”
2. He wants us to know His will (available through fellowship with Him in Worship, the Word, and prayer Ephesians 5:17).
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
3. God our Father gives us enough grace everyday to follow that will (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”