Matthew 11:27-28 27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 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.”
For many, this time of year is exciting. The holiday season brings in a sense of thankfulness, family, and blessing. However, for some, the holiday season is stressful and full of bad memories. Yet, there is one we can bring all of our thanks and hurts to…Jesus.
No one knows… The Father and the Son are the ones in the “know”. At first glance, this seems tough for a control freak like me. Yet, as I look deeper and meditate on the thought of “no one knows”, there is comfort in knowing that I do not have to have the answer. All I have to do is trust and follow. Yes, I have endured things that this cruel world has put in my path. However, I know that God’s plan has worked for my good. I have seen the silver lining. It is in Jesus.
Learn from me… In the times that I bring it to Jesus, I find that He opens my eyes to what I have not seen before. I see the purpose in things going on around me. Some of those things are not pleasant, yet peace abounds. Jesus is the great teacher because He knows the Father. Jesus chooses to reveal that knowledge to us.
Gentle and humble in heart… Jesus does not force His way on us. We make the choice. He is gentle in His handling of me. I feel His grace every time I bring my burden to Him. He does not rule over me like some tyrant god. He is humble in His power and teaching. He is tied to the Father and understands the Father’s authority.
Find rest for your souls… The soul ties it all together for us. When things are not right in my world, my soul cries out. However, when in the presence of Jesus, my soul is at rest. Why is it that I stray from Him and His teachings when I know that my soul will be in turmoil? Maybe I get comfortable and forget. Maybe I let temptation to make myself into my own idol and become selfish. Regardless, I know I have to come back around to Jesus for my soul’s rest and comfort.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light… It comes down to choice. I can choose to live in turmoil and feed off of the “drama” of life; or, I can bring it to Jesus. There is a risk to leaving the circus carousel of living in turmoil. It may mean I have to give up some control. It may mean I have to lose excuses for how I live. Whatever the reason, it is worth the risk of bringing it to Jesus. The alternative is much better: Rest, learning, peace, mercy, grace, and love.
1. What does it look like for you to “bring it to Jesus”?
2. In those times, how has He helped you?
3. Describe how you feel when your soul is at rest.
4. Give an example of how Jesus’ burden is light.
5. This week, find some quiet time. In that time, ask Jesus to come to you and give you a message of rest. Pay attention---------------------------------------
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