Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. - Matthew 11:28 Weariness derives from burden and weakens the fortitude God grants Christians. Before you can obey God's commands and walk with Jesus, you must cast burdens behind you. Fortunately, this is not difficult. Jesus, who is drawn by the needs of people, tell us he will willingly accept those burdens for us.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. - 1 Peter 5:7 It's refreshing to recognize that Jesus is willing to take responsibility for the things we worry about. However, we must "cast" our worries on him – a decisive act to forego the burden. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Worry looks around, Faith looks up."
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. - Matthew 6:33 Jesus told his followers to stop worrying – God will provide for our needs. Worrying does not solve problems nor make us feel better about the future. It does nothing but empty us of strength, fortitude, and determination.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. - Philippians 4:6 There is a difference between concern and worry. To be concerned about something is fine, but to worry causes unnecessary stress on our bodies. To alleviated worry, we should approach God (prayer), present our need (petition) with an inherent attitude of thanksgiving (a joyful state of the heart), then put aside worry, and trust that in the end, things will work out according to God's will.
After instructing his followers to “store treasures in heaven”, Jesus told his disciples, “Do not worry about what you will eat and drink or about what you will wear. Life is more than food and water and your body is more than just clothes. Look at the birds in the sky. They do not plant food and store it away in barns and yet, God feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than a bird? Can worry add one single hour to your life? Why do you worry about clothes? See the flowers in the field – they do not labor or spin. But even Solomon’s splendid clothes did not match their beauty. If that is how God dresses the grass in the field, which is