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. (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV)
I’m tired. I’m tired of not getting enough rest. I’m tired of laundry piling up and dirty dishes in the sink. I’m tired of not having enough time.
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in hear, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is ease [to bear] and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 Amplified)
I’m tired. I’m tired of going to church to keep up appearances. I’m tired of reading my bible but not getting anything out of it. I’m tired of not having the desire to pray.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV)
I’m tired. I’m tired of getting up every day going to a job that drains me. I’m tired of earning money but never having enough to make ends meet. I’m tired of working and not seeing the fruits of my labor.
Do any of those statements sound familiar? They do to me because I’ve felt them, thought them or said them at different times in my life. Here’s the thing, the problem with those statements is that we are leaning and depending on our own strength to get us through instead of leaning on God’s strength. Matthew 11:28-30 clearly tells us that Jesus wants to be the one to take our burdens.
Yes we will continue to have problems. Our homes may never get cleaned. We may still feel as if we are just going through the motions. Our jobs may never get better. But that’s not what Jesus promised us. He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). He promised that we can take heart because He has overcome the world (John 16:33). He promised that He will leave us a comforter (John 14:16 and John 16:7). Sometimes it’s hard to remember those promises in the midst of our troubles but my prayer for you and I is that we seek to learn them in goods times so we may draw on them in bad times.
Dear Heavenly Father. In the midst of the chaos of this world it’s not always easy to feel your presence but I know you are there. Help me to search my heart for your word so that I may call on your promises in my darkest hour. In your precious son Jesus’ name, Amen.