Do you ever find yourself weary from just living day to day life in a broken world? Lately there’s been so much going on in my life that I feel like I am never quite able to accomplish everything that is needed. I’ve felt inadequate, frustrated, and just flat out tired. (Not to mention SUPER over the political rantings and ridiculousness in our nation.)
This is what happens when we try to live life on our own; we find ourselves discouraged and exhausted. When I get to this point, my first response is to basically shut down and block out anything that is not a necessity; survival mode.
But we were meant to live in community with God and His people; not hiding out in our homes because we “need a break”. (Side note: Jesus did take time away for Himself to seek the Father, but He didn’t hide from real life. It’s okay to rest and take refuge in Him.)
God, on the other hand, never sleeps or slumbers. He does not grow weary. His strength does not diminish. He is the inexhaustible God; the fountain that never runs dry.
In the middle of my most recent “woe is me, life is hard and the world is terrible” phase I was in the middle of working my way through the book of Matthew. That day in particular, I happened to be in Matthew 11.
If you’re like me, then you’ve read the chapter many times and have probably quoted for yourself “his yoke is easy and his burden is light”. We like to remind ourselves of the nice things the Lord offers to us, don’t we? But how often do we focus on the instructions? The action steps He calls us to?
We have a part to play in experiencing the rest Christ has to offer. Jesus beckons: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
Come to Him. Take up His yoke. Learn from Him. Find rest.
God calls us unto Himself. May we experience more of who He is and find rest.