Finding Rest

Jan 30, 2013

Come to me, all 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. ~ Matt. 11:28-30

Quick Sip

Matthew 11:28 has been floating through my mind for weeks, but it wasn’t until I saw Matt. 11:28-30 in a blog post recently that I actually read the rest of it. As I read, I was amazed by the promise there that I had been missing!

Jesus promises REST for our souls.

Don’t get it? Neither did I at first. Then I SOAPed the verses and was again amazed at all I had been missing.

I learned that, first, I have to come. I need to actually seek him out to spend time with him, then he will give me rest.

Next, I need to take his yoke. Which to me implies removing my previous yoke. I have to consider, what burdens or yokes am I carrying around? What do I need to come and lay at Jesus’ feet today? What yokes have I taken on that he hasn’t required of me?  I need to be willing to lay aside what I think is important and to take on what Jesus says is really important. He promises his yoke is easy and light, and that he’ll even be here to carry it with me.

He also promises he is a gentle and humble leader. What a relief! Other leaders I’ve had in life, including myself, stress me out and run me ragged with the guilt and pushing, pushing, pushing. But Jesus says he’s not like that at all. He’s gentle and not will not ask without also equipping.

Last, I need to learn from him. I need to learn what his yoke is exactly and what’s really important and valuable in this life. I also need to learn how to rest in him and to trust these promises.

For I find that when I come, take, and learn, then I will truly find rest for my soul. Today, that is such a comforting thought.

Full Cup

Joshua 1:9
Isaiah 30:15
Matt. 6:25-34

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