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God's Promise to the Weary
12/4/2018 9:24:00 AM by: Dee Lundgren MA, LPC

“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

 

I don’t have a favorite verse but this verse is highlighted in every Bible I’ve owned. 

 

In life we often feel weary. When the demands are greater than our capacity. When the expectations from others and ourselves place a heavy load upon us. Add to the mix the pressure of the perfect lives we are exposed to on social media.

 

Especially around the holidays we can easily fall into the trap of believing we need to do more, be more, and give more.

 

If your past year has brought a significant loss such as a divorce, the death of a loved one, a lay-off, an unwelcome move, a miscarriage, or an important relationship that dissolved--this time of the year can be especially difficult.

 

Jesus knew we would find ourselves bogged down with burdens. He knew the stresses of our jobs, our children, our bosses, our finances, or our health would feel overwhelming.

 

And sometimes our problems can compound with a succession of disappointments.

 

After my son, John, died we also had to endure several trials in a short amount of time-- conflict in our church, financial difficulties, and some questionable practices at my job.  Even the crazy but loyal family dog, Daisy, had to be put down within two months after my son’s death. Trial upon trial.

 

I was desperate for relief. Yet I was able to find rest in my soul as I shared my yoke with Jesus. The word, “yoke” in this verse is the word picture of a pair of oxen being coupled together.  Jesus wants us to experience rest for our souls as we walk with Him.

 

What I love about this passage is that God doesn’t shame us for feeling weary. Instead He welcomes us to come to Him. Jesus is the only one who can provide for us the rest that refreshes. When we depend upon the Lord we can experience a yoke that is both easy and light. 

 

Lord, I pray for those reading this blog that they would experience the rest that only you can provide. I ask for a deep soul comfort as we come and lay our burdens at your feet. Our problems are too big for us and we’re tired. I ask that we might experience the promise of this verse—that we might find that your yoke is both easy and your burden light. Thank you that you have provided what we need and that your love reaches down to encourage us even when we are in a dark place.

 

Blessings to you--Dee

 

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Robins Silvestro From NJ At 12/5/2018 11:21:09 PM

Thank you! This couldn't have come at a better time. I am recently a new mother. Work a strength sapping job. And have been sick more in the last 8 months than in the last 30 years. But..... Having my little girl brings such joy into my life. I have found HIM to be there every step of my journey.

Reply by: Dee Lundgren

So excited that you are experiencing God through your journey. Congrats on being a new mom!

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