Often our solution with the enemy is to retreat into our refuge, who is Jesus, and go into a place of worship. The enemy will break off any attack against you if the attack is only going to make you bigger or better. He’s not stupid! If you retreat back into God and worship God because of the attack, and your opposition sees that the attack is making you go into a deeper place of worship, they will break off the attack!
(from A Way In The Wilderness)
Devotional 3 of 3
“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)
What’s the Biblical response to the mounting anxiety in our lives? As we saw in the first week of this devotional series, we must first confront our anxiety honestly, recognizing our stressors for what they are. Second, we take the Lord up on his offer to cast our anxieties and worries upon him, for He cares deeply for us. Finally, as we will see in this final devotional of this series, once we have confronted our anxieties and cast them upon the Lord, we must carry on in the work the Father has created us to do. We rise up from our confession full of faith. We believe that God has graciously taken our anxieties upon Himself and that He has become our burden-bearer. We trust that, because God cares so much for us, He does not desire for us to exist in a perpetual state of anxiety. He does not want us anxiously obsessing over the things in our lives that we can’t control. So, He takes them from us. That which brought us worry and a disquieted spirit no longer rests on our shoulders. Therefore, we need not be fixated on the anxieties of the past. We are able to carry on with great freedom.
We see this truth in Jesus’s call in Matthew 11 when He said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Jesus knows that we get stressed. So he calls us to come to him in faith. To hand over our burdens. And, in turn, to receive rest. Not a passive rest, but an active relief. Relief that is activated by trust. Relief that then motivates us to live and work without worry, but with great freedom and boldness.
Each of us has been given unique work to do for the glory of God and the good of others. When we launch a new business, ship a product, create a piece of art, finish a presentation, or sweep a floor, we aren’t just doing a job—we are being God’s hands and feet at work in the world, serving the human community. But it is impossible for us to do our best, most creative work out of a place of fear and anxiety. I pray the Scriptures expounded upon in this series give you the strength to confront your anxieties, cast them upon the Lord, and carry on in the work the Father created you to do with the utmost boldness!
James chapter 1 says a double minded man is unstable in all his ways and shouldn’t expect answers to prayer. Jesus said you can’t serve two masters because you will love one and hate the other. I have have a sweet friend who says she loves Jesus and quotes the Buddah and Dalai lama. What’s with that?!!!
Jesus is who He said He is or He is either a nut case or a liar. We can’t be frustrated hand wringers and say we are trusting God. We can’t say we value life and remain unmoved and silent when innocent lives are destroyed in the womb every day because they have no “choice” but to die when they are unwanted. If Jesus is alive and the same today as He was when He spoke everything into existence and destroyed the power of death over us when He died on the cross then returned alive, vibrant, all powerful God, why have we reduced Him in our hearts to a religious leader?
Seek the Lord while there is time. Live a life that matters. Get off the fence and decide whose team you’re on then learn the plays and get into the game!