Particularly in these times, it is important for Christians to know that the steps of a good (righteous) man or woman are ordered by the Lord (Psalm 37:23). Given this is what the Word says (and the Word IS truth), we should endeavor to live lives that are free of harmful worry and stress. Just reject it! Philippians 4:6 instructs us to be anxious about absolutely nothing. Imagine that! Well, if we are not to worry about anything, what are we to do? 1 Peter 5:7 provides the answer and tells us to cast all of our cares upon Him (God, our Father) for He cares for us. Yes, the Word of God says to cast all of our cares upon Him. Don't hold out even one for yourself! We have a loving Father who says, in Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Human beings were not created to carry stress and burdens on a daily basis. As a matter of fact, stress and anxiety cause deterioration to the body and mind and can ultimately kill. Instead, Jesus says in Matthew 6:33, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto you.” Verse 34 goes on to say, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow.” The Word instructs that we are not to be concerned about what will happen tomorrow or the next day or the next. The still small voice of the Holy Spirit says, “Rest”. One passage of scripture that has always been of assurance to me is Hebrews 4:9-11. It reads, “There remains therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest . . .”
To all of you who are fretting about tomorrow . . . . rest.
To all of you who are wondering how your life will turn out . . . rest.
To all of you who are wondering if you are making the right decisions in your life . . . . rest.
Instead, spend your time drawing near to God. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness - in other words, seek FIRST spiritual things - and God is obligated to take care of the natural. All you need will be added unto you. Have faith in God! You will not be disappointed.
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Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me . . . and you shall find rest unto your souls. Matt. 11:29