Come to the Father
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Work can be so tiring sometimes. Recently, I have entered into a working environment here in my national service and I can say that it is not as simple or easy as I expected it to be. There are days that are not strenuous and I am able to catch a breather, but there are certain days that end so late that I can’t help but fall asleep on my chair when I get back. Furthermore, the schedule of some weeks can be so hectic that there are back-to-back days that end extremely late.
In my head, I began to think about how I had to handle not just work in the army camp, but also the many other matters and responsibilities I had outside of camp. I was already so worn out from the daily activities in camp, but I needed to give my attention to other important things like preparing to serve in the worship team in our church. Slowly and painfully, my energy was being chiseled away to the point of near-burnout. I had become prey to one of the devil’s traps. I tried to do everything on my own and shoulder the burdens with my own strength that I forgot God was by my side all this while. What I really needed to do was to be still and uplift all my cares and concerns unto Him.
1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.”
Sometimes we can be so caught up in doing the work of the Lord that we forget the Lord of the work. Jesus is there for us whenever we need Him and we should never try to carry all our burdens by ourselves. William Bennett writes: “Work…is not what we do for a living but what we do with our living…The opposite of work is not leisure or play or having fun, but idleness – not investing ourselves in anything.” God wants there to be a balance in our lives, work is important and we should seek to have an attitude of industriousness, but we must also know when to rest and take the time to seek God.
Psalm 127:1 (NIV)
“Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”
Psalm 127:1 reminds us that we should always include God in our work. Seek to glorify Him in all that you do, remembering that He has placed you where you are for a reason. We don’t want to end up as Sunday Christians, where God becomes a part of our lives only one day of the week, but we want to constantly walk with Him daily and let Him take us through our day to day challenges.
One of my favorite Scripture passages is Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV), which says,
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God is concerned about every major and trivial matter of our lives and He even tells us that we can present our requests to Him in every situation. What I especially love about this Scripture is in verse 7 which says that the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. As I meditate on this verse, I realize that what God means is that He wants to guard our minds from human reasoning, because one of the common causes of doubt is due to our reasoning, being unable to accept the fact that a miracle from God can happen. God also wants to guard our hearts from doubting, because doubt diminishes the quality of our faith in Him. I am so thankful for this Scripture because it has helped me through many tough situations that I thought were unsalvageable. With this, I encourage you to find rest in God’s peace despite the storms that you may face. He wants to walk with you wherever you go, so don’t block Him off from your life, because when you start to involve Him in your everyday life, you will start to see things in a greater light and you will begin to have the confidence that you can face anything!
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your heart that seeks to be with me always. I long for You to be a part of me, and may I never forget that You are here with me. Thank You that because of You I need not worry or be concerned about things being too great for me. I am so thankful that You not only carry me on Your back, but You also shoulder the weight of my burdens. The road ahead may not be smooth-sailing, but I am assured that You will forever be there for me. Thank You that You hear the cries of Your children because You care for us. Father, I don’t want to take for granted Your love, so constantly remind me of what You have done for me, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”