Life Can Be Very Strenuous

Robert Harris
August 2020

 A man who rides a horse knows what we are talking about when we talk about riding with a slack rein.

Life can be too strenuous.  You can put yourself into your own straight jacket and you can try to pile more into the bag of life than that particular bag is able to hold.  When you do that, something has to give.

This is the reason that Jesus said, “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”

We are eager beavers.  We think that everything has to be done in an instant.  I suppose the reason that we have allowed ourselves to get into this mind frame is because everything around us is instant.  We have instant potatoes.  We have instant coffee.  Up and down the line we can go.  And we think that everything in life should be that way.

But one day Jesus said, “In your patience possess ye your souls.”  So often we lack this power of patience.

We thank that we must run headstrong.  We must remember that as we trust the Lord, things happen.

You may have the finest chair that has ever been built in the furniture factory, it may hold up twice as much weight as you weigh.  You may brag upon the possession of it, but you never trust it until you sit in it.  So, it is with your Christ.  You can talk about Him, but until you rely on Him, you are not trusting Him.  Trust in God and things will go right.