October 12, 2022
Bishop, W. F. Houston, Jr.
Matthew 11:30 (MSG)
“Learn to live freely and lightly.”
Jesus said, "I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly" (Vv. 28-30 MSG). Note the words, "I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you." In other words, nothing cumbersome or ill-fitting will be dumped on you. It's comforting to know we don't have to worry, figure out everything, or bear the weight of life. Discovering that we don't need to be experts at everything can be incredibly liberating! We need to get used to admitting, "I don't know the answer to this situation, and I'm not going to worry about it because God is in control, and I trust Him," and we need to say it confidently. "I'm going to find rest in Him, and I'm going to live freely and lightly!"
When we are overburdened with the responsibilities of life, whether it be suffering, laboring, or worrying, we require a mental and emotional break. Our mental faculties need a break from trying to find solutions to issues, and our emotional state require a break from being agitated. Worry deprives us of tranquility and all the benefits that come with it. If someone asks you what you plan to do about your situation, tell them that you aren't thinking about it right now and that you will get back to them later. Explain to them that you have given the situation to God and that you believe He will work things out. Amen? Aamen.