DayBreaks for 4/01/19: He Speaks to All
From the DayBreaks archive, March 2009:
Matthew 11:28-30: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Galen’s Thoughts: Everywhere I look I see weary people. People who are weary of the commute, the rat race, the pressures of raising kids who don’t seem to care or love in return, of politics, of religion, of sickness. We are a weary race! And burdened? You bet! How we long for a respite! We long for the day we can (hopefully) retire and lay some of our burdens aside.
There is one who extends the rest to us. Strangely enough, at the same time he offers rest, he offers a yoke. The yoke, however, is not a crushing load. The yoke is to learn from him, to learn to be gentle in heart as he was gentle in heart, to be humble as he was humble. To learn total and absolute trust and dependence upon God. Only – I repeat – only, when we have done that, when we have taken his yoke, will we find peace for our souls. Only through learning from Him can we learn what life is meant to be like and how to live it.
Sometimes, however, we may be tempted to think that Jesus’ words weren’t for us, that they are for those who are starving, who are at the point of a mental or physical breakdown, who literally can’t face one more day. Not so. Listen to these words of wisdom and comfort from Elton Trueblood in The Book of Jesus: “It is not easy to be a human being. Human life carries with it marvelous possibilities of joy, but there are, at the same time, untold ways in which it can go wrong. Even after we have learned all that we can of the literature of tragedy, we have but an imperfect sense of the sorrow and frustrations which occur in countless lives…
“The universality of human sorrow and need is one of the reasons for the great attractiveness of the words of Jesus which appear at the end of the eleventh chapter of Matthew. When Jesus says, ‘Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden.’ He is really speaking to all.”
Jesus’ invitation is to you. It’s for today, right now. What will you say? How you answer will make the difference between finding rest for your soul or continuing to live a life that is heavily burdened. He wants you to be at peace and know the rest that only He can give to you.
Prayer: During this stressful and tiring time, Lord, may we shoulder Your yoke and find the burden that is easy! Let us lay down the burdens we put on ourselves for performance and achievement that we can receive the rest You want to give to us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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