May 15

MAY 15
by Joe Hill
  In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says,
 
                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 us easy and my burden is light.
 
                This are incredibly comforting words for me. They are comforting because “weary” and “burdened” is more often my experience of everyday life than “rest,” and “easy.”
 
                Often we experience burdens in life because we are trying to hold white-knuckled control over the very things in this life that God has already promised us He will take care of. Friends, our God is gracious, loving, compassionate, good, and strong. Our burdens are not too heavy for him.  In fact, He has promised that he loves us, has forgiven our sins, and will care for us. Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God is working for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” God’s intent for us is not to weigh us down with heavy burdens, but to heed the words of Jesus, “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened…”
 
We are not asked to carry the burden of our sin, the burden of control, the burden of saving ourselves and others. What we are asked to do is take on the yoke of Jesus, and allow him to bear the weight of our burdens.
 
Today, I want to encourage you to carve out a period of time to spend with this text. Make sure that it can be as quiet and uninterrupted a time as you can get (and I know for some of you that is not easy!), and read through the text slowly. Meditate on each line:
                Come to me…
                All you who are weary and burdened…
                I will give you rest…
                                …and so on.
 
Ask God to show you the things that are weighing you down. And hand them over to Him. Trust that He is in control, and that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Learn from Him, for He is gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul.

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