Cast All Your Cares On Him By Carol Strang
Today, I like to talk to you about the book of Matthew, specifically Chapter 11 verses 28-30. I’m sure many of you have read these verses over and over again, and if not you probably heard them on the radio, internet or in your church. I, myself, have even prayed over people with the words from these verses.
However, when I read these three verses the other day, I noticed something I never saw before. (Yes, we never arrive from learning and growing in God’s Word.)
I will be posting the verses from my NIV (New International Version) as well as any other versions that may be similar to the NIV. My bible states the following:
11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
11:29 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.
11:30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. “
I was always praying and speaking over people verses 28 and 30. However, as I meditate on verse 11:29 I began to see that there is a connection between verse 28 to 30.
What is a yoke? My bible states the following: a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull.
Mat 11:28-30 (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
If you haven’t seen it yet, by looking over these verses carefully, in order to find rest for our souls we must release ourselves, our burdens to God, we must humble ourselves. We mustn’t be proud or arrogant.
1st Peter 5: 5-7 (NIV)
God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall.
Psalm 37: 5-7
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul, in you I trust, O My God
As I see this verse, in order to lift up your soul you must come to the end of yourself, you must humble yourself- and submit to God’s Sovereignty. In addition to the word “humble” we also see the word “learn”. This is the power to me in these scriptures, not only are we to humble ourselves, release all of our burdens, and let Jesus take the heavy load off us, he will teach us and show us the way.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me besides quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name sake.
Show me your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or mule, which have no understanding, but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in him.
Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way Is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
As we humble ourselves, commit ourselves to the Lord, he will show us the way. Finally, we must trust God and let him do a work in us and through us. As tempting as it is, we mustn’t take up our burdens but leave them with Him. We must wait upon him, and in his perfect timing and his perfect way. We mustn’t lose the joy inside of us. For in Jesus our joy is complete.
Finally, brothers and sisters I leave you with this powerful scripture. God is King of kings, Lord of lords.
My soul finds rest in God alone, my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
Until next time enjoy the Journey.