18 Jun When We Grow Weary…
Last Sunday we started our Ask Me Anything (AMA) series and it was awesome! I can’t wait to see what happens in Part 2 THIS Sunday!
I would love to share something that I have been personally learning this week.
In this fast-paced world with so many responsibilities (family, parenthood, school, work, finances, ministry, etc.), it’s very easy for us to just “navigate” through life. Having an engaging relationship with God can be seen as one more item on our weekly list to check off. Yet sometimes we forget one very important thing…EVERYTHING in our lives comes and progresses based on our relationship with God.
In Matthew 6, Jesus is teaching us not to worry about tomorrow and says this, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
It got me thinking about how many times a day I worry about things. It’s a burden when my human nature tries to be in charge and I do everything I can on my own to try to fix things. That is not what God wants!
I read a quote recently that says, “What pleases God more than a sacrifice is a humble heart who turns to Him when troubles crush.”
Wow! Think about this; when things go south and we try to push through it and deal with it on our own, it can be seen as a pride issue. We are not humble enough to admit that we need God. When this happens, there is nothing we can do in our own strength that will change that. Do you know what happens when we keep trying to fix things on our own? We get tired and we grow weary. In thinking of this, another Bible verse comes to mind.
Mathew 11:29-30 says, “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.”
Do you notice that when Jesus is teaching us how to find rest, He also wants us to learn how to be humble? Because He knows and recognizes our human nature and how much we struggle with it.
So, in saying all of that, I just want to encourage you. Especially in the season we live in right now where the world is going through so many changes, be careful not to go into autopilot mode in your relationship with God. If things are out of your control, guess what? God is still in control of everything. Lay down your burdens, have an honest conversation with God, and turn to Him when troubles come.
I’ll see you for Part 2 of our AMA series this Sunday and I hope to chat with some of you about how you’ve been talking with Father God!
Worship Pastor – Wake Forest Campus