Anxiety is a Heavy Burden

Whenever I have meditated on this verse, I have imagined casting my problems and trials onto the Lord; thereby, ridding myself of their presence in my life so that I could move on. However, one morning during a time of prayer, I gained a new understanding:

This verse said to cast anxieties—my painful uneasiness of mind about impending misfortune—onto the Lord. It was not necessarily the evil or misfortune that would just disappear; but rather, it was my worry about the misfortune that I could completely cast aside. Because God is concerned about our welfare and helps us (“cares”), we can rest assured that we do not need to worry about anything.

Provision is made for our trials and problems: If we will come to Jesus, He will make our heavy burdens light and bearable. We can even experience supernatural peace and joy while going through them!

(John 14:27; Romans 15:13; Philippians 4:7; John 16:24)

It might be helpful to picture the process of surrendering to God’s care this way:

We can choose to “go it alone”…opting for a single “yoke” by which we will tackle the problem in our own strength. Instead of praying and relying on Christ, we will only add to our struggle by worrying and becoming anxious.

…Yet, there is no need for our anxiety when Christ is our Strength and Guide. Consider the lead ox working under a double yoke: he guides the weaker animal that he is yoked to, while also pulling the greatest weight of the load.

Jesus Himself is infinitely stronger than our greatest strength; in fact, it is in our weakness that His strength is made most complete (2 Corinthians 12:9). Furthermore, when we are yoked to Jesus, He bears the weight of the load to the point that our true burden—our anxiety and worry—is cast off, so that the trials and problems of life no longer weigh us down!