Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Sin of Stress

I Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your cares upon Him, because He cares for You.” The Greek word for cast is epirrhipto which is “to throw upon”. Could it be that we have replaced the word care with the modern words “anxiety” and “stress”? If so, I would submit to you that we can be in sin when we are stressed. It is the sin of unbelief in God and not obeying the command to let Him carry the load. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus instructs the weary and burdened to take His yoke upon them. Why would Jesus instruct a burdened person to stick his neck in a device used to perform difficult labor? The idea is clear to me. A yoke is made to use two oxen as one team. We can throw our stress, worries, and burdens upon the Lord. Then we can place our neck into his yoke. Jesus is on the other side of the yoke. You are on the same team. That is why His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  You are teamed with an omnipotent God!  What a team you can be!  Just stick your neck out!

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