Jesus: Author of our Rest

Dear Friends:

Today I got out of bed with the weight of the world on my shoulders. Today would be a day full of not only meetings and work, but some pressure to “make things” happen and the added stress of some deadlines, etc. As I read the Bible before I began the day the words of Jesus from Matthew 11 provided the precise recommendation I needed to get through the day.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
29 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.
30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Was Jesus speaking to me this morning? Did He know what I was feeling and experiencing? Absolutely. It was as if those three verses had been prepared especially for me overnight by God. It is what I needed to hear. It’s not so much that I did not know these words, but once again I needed to be reminded. He knows that I am weary and burdened, He knows that I yearn for some rest from the demands that are presently upon me, and He knew just what to say to me today. “I will give you rest.” That’s not a hollow promise. It came from the mouth of the Son of God. He does not want me to be burdened and worn out! His yoke — i.e. the tool created to help an ox more easily get a task done — is easy and the load is light. Yes! That’s the life I want — one with purpose and meaning, but one filled with humility, gentleness, and rest for my soul. The God that created me sent His only Son here to identify with my struggles, fears, anxieties and weariness and show me a better way to live. I am not there yet, but I am being reminded, more and more, of things I know to be true.

He can refresh my soul if I look to Him as the source for being refreshed — To learn from Him requires that I allow Him to instruct me about being gentle and humble — The work is easy if I am working side-by-side with Him, but trying to pull the load all by myself is all but impossible.

Anxiety was never a part of His life — and if any being had a reason to be anxious He did. Yet He humbly trusted His Father. That was the source of such stability and peace. TRUSTING that He was in His Father’s favor and that NOTHING was going to happen without His Father’s permission. I hope that each of those reading this little note will have perfect peace tonight.

Dean Barley

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