Let me get real with you this morning when we have worry, doubt, and fear clutched tightly in our hands and our hearts are ruled by anxiety, God wants to say something to us of this effect, “Let go of your burdens and give them to me. I will put in your hands that are now empty and open…Joy, Peace, and Freedom.” All we need to do is give God our burdens and He will give us rest. He will give us joy, a fullness of indescribable joy we have not known before.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
From my own experience, I can tell you it will not happen if we keep holding on. We have to let go of one to gain the other. I know what He has to offer is so much more than what we are holding on to, and I know this because I have walked that road before.
The joy I now have is because I finally made the exchange. When I grew weary and tired of my burdens, I finally trusted and obeyed My Father’s voice. I finally let go and I was amazed.
I don’t ever want to walk that road again. The road that says it is too hard to let go. If you want to walk in joy, make the exchange. Open your hands to Him, let go, and place your burdens in His hands. Soon you will know what it is to walk in His peace and joy. Soon you won’t be weary under the load of burdens you were carrying on your own.
It starts with a step of faith and a heart of trust and emptying your hands of the burdens God asks you to lay in His hands. Will you make the exchange?