28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The stock market declined. School, work and church were all cancelled. The global pandemic of COVID-19 meant that the world as we’ve always known it was radically changed. When was the last time you remember the NHL, NBA and PGA seasons being cancelled? When was the last time you were told to stay home to prevent the spread of a virus that was causing a global pandemic? Normal activities were suspended indefinitely by the government, our life was turned upside down, and we as a nation entered into uncharted territory.
When you find your life upended by events that are out of your control, you need to know that King Jesus still sits on His throne. King Jesus is still all-powerful, He loves you more than you can imagine, and nothing occurs in life without His consent. Yes, come to Jesus, all who are weary.
Jesus knew we would face troublesome times. Jesus knew we would face pandemics and global catastrophes, but He explicitly told Christians not to worry. Christians should not worry about what food they will eat, what they will drink or what clothes they will wear. Christians should not worry about the global coronavirus pandemic, whether they will lose their jobs, or whether their kids will go to school.
Listen to these words of King Jesus. “This is why I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you worth more than they? Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?” (Matthew 6:25-27).
While the times we live in are indeed troubling, take refuge in the fact that King Jesus still sits on His throne. We are known and we are loved by our King. Jesus promises to provide for His people, and we have been specifically instructed not to worry.
Worrying does no good. Worrying is counter-productive and can lead to hopelessness and despair. Worrying is like rocking in a rocking chair: it gives us something to do, but it doesn’t get us anywhere. Instead of worrying about events that are out of our control, we must trust Jesus to take care of us and our families. His yoke is easy. His burden is light. He will give us rest and a peace that surpasses all understanding—even the middle of uncertain times.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- When was the last time you had to rely on Jesus? Was it really so bad?
- Did you know that being forced to endure difficult times can strengthen your faith in Christ?
- What blessings did you receive from an altered daily routine?