There is so much heaviness around us—we are in year two of a global pandemic, and there’s so much more brokenness besides that in our world. Even many of God’s children are at odds with each other over things that aren’t in Scripture, and they are putting their hope in other people and the wrong places. I believe we need a breath of fresh air in the midst of overwhelming circumstances, anger, fear, division, personal trials, and worldly tribulations. We need to refocus on who God is and on our identity in Christ. God is sovereign over everything in Heaven and on the Earth (despite what you may feel—He has everything under control). We are His beloved children who are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us. Living in the reality of these two truths will change our perspective, give us hope, fill us with joy, and flood us with His peace despite anything we face. We will be better able to live and love like Jesus in a world that desperately needs Him.
Jesus invites “all who are weary and burdened to come to Him, and He will give us rest.” He offers to lighten our loads and even carry them for us. We would be wise to take Him up on His gracious offer. Remember who God is and who you are in relation to Him; claim His abundant promises for yourself; confidently stand in the truth of His infallible Word. Turn your cares and concerns over to His capable hands—He’s got this, and He’s got you! Abide in Jesus—anchor your life securely to Him. Let Him free you of your burdens and release you from your anxious fears. Allow Jesus to fill you up and overflow through your life to everyone around! Show the world what it truly looks like to be a child of God—peace-filled, hopeful, joyous, and full of gracious love. These are the easy and light things that the Lord supplies to those who love and trust in Him!
Matthew 11:28-30, “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.”