We live in a fast paced, demanding world. It seems like everyone you talk to has too much on their plate. God’s called me to homeschool my four children and write. Life can get pretty overwhelming with my kids’ activities and writing if I try to take on too many demands at once. If you have kids, don’t you feel overwhelmed when they demand your attention all at the same time? I can’t count how many times I’ve said to my kids, “One thing at a time! There’s only one of me!”
Regretfully, I’ve said the same thing to God when I’ve been overwhelmed and burdened with ministry or family needs. But God reminds me that His burden is light. When I’m overwhelmed, I’m carrying my own load, not His.
Jesus said, “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.”
Life’s demands are not the only thing that can weigh us down, but trying to live a godly life can be burdensome if we are carrying our own load. I just ended a series on sin that God’s Word warns us to be on guard against. God’s Word shines a light in our hearts revealing the areas where we fall short. Sometimes it can be overwhelming when we read His Word because we fall short in every area.
From the start, God has led me to do these series to teach me, and to help others, focus on only one area at a time. Two of my series have been turned into devotional books. Even though I wrote the books, I still use them to help me in the areas I fall short. I only focus on one area for the whole week, reading, meditating, and praying the Scriptures I found on that subject. I’ve been falling a lot in my love walk lately, so God’s led me to go through my love walk book. This week, in my quiet time with God, I’m only studying Scriptures that deal with “kindness.”
I am telling you this in humility, not to promote myself or my books, but to encourage you that God’s commands are not burdensome (1 John 5:3). The Bible says “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. … Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16, 25).
Surely God’s Spirit is not leading us in a hundred different directions. When we walk, we take one step at a time. Walking with Jesus and learning from His Holy Spirit one step at time will greatly take the burden off us and help us enjoy our walk with Him.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
Psalm 55:22, KJV
We praise You that Your commands are not burdensome. You’ve given us everything we need to live a godly life in Christ Jesus. Help us lay down our burdens at the feet of Jesus and learn from Him one step at a time. In His name we pray, Amen!