Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – April 5, 2017
Come unto me, all ye that labour 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. Matthew 11:28-29
One of the worst kind of burdens comes from my own doing. The burden of worry overwhelms me at times, so much so, that I can’t see the big picture of God’s faithfulness because I am so consumed with my own anxieties staring me in the face. The burden of pride is equally as exhausting in its relentless desire to be right, to be recognized and not be rejected. My most crushing emotional weight is the burden of fear—the feeling of my nose just above the water, knowing any new issue will drown my faith in quiet despair. Yet, when I go to Jesus and embrace His meek heart—I rest, I renew, I rejoice for my burden becomes light under the lift of my Lord.
Jesus was a man who was not unacquainted with sorrow and the caustic effect of sin—not His sin, but the sins of individuals and of society. He knew first hand the necessity for rest in His heavenly Father’s comfort and care—to stay the course on His Kingdom mission. Jesus is a gentleman—He invites: “come to Me,” not demanding but gently reminding that He is the place of soul care. Like a Telsa, our hearts must be charged by the electricity of eternal love, lest we spiritually sputter, stall and eventually stop. Burdens roll away when we get away with our lover—Jesus!
“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:3-4).
The world only offers trouble, not trust and rest. So lay down your burdens at the feet of your Lord Jesus. By faith convert burdens into building blocks of faith whose architect is Almighty God. Meekness does not mean you passively disregard your desires, but it does mean quiet confidence in Christ to carry out His calling on your life. You can boldly move forward because your heavenly Father has your back, so no need to embrace disbelief. Meekness means strength.
Go to Jesus and learn of Him. Learn of His love and you will learn how to better be loved and to love. Learn of His gentleness and you will learn how to let the Holy Spirit harness your heart for His purposes. Learn of His humility and you will learn a new level of serving others that brings only joy, not jealousy. Learn of His rest and you will learn of a deep peace uniquely qualified to calm the soul and a contentment that is fully satisfied with Your Savior’s agenda. As the fruit of meekness ripens—its harvest is a Kingdom inheritance on earth—peaceful and resting in Christ.
“But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity” (Psalm 37:11).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I go to You for reassurance and rest, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationWhat issue or person do I need to stop striving over and sit quietly before Christ and receive His reassuring love?
Related ReadingPsalm 29:11; Zephaniah 3:12; Matthew 5:5; Romans 8:6
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