Biblical Reflections: Matthew 11:28-30

Matthew 11:28-30 – 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.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

About one third of your life will be spent sleeping, but sleeping does not always equate to rest. In fact, sometimes our attempts at sleep highlight our inability to find rest. Worries and tribulation prevent us from resting, healing and generally recovering from the concerns of life.

The most difficult issues are those of the heart. When our spirit is troubled, we cannot find a pillow soft enough to easy our minds. At these times, we cry with the psalmist, “I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long” (Psalm 38:6). Only a miracle can buoy a heart in these seasons. Jesus works the miracle.

When therapists fail and self-help books fall short, Jesus proves to be the friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). The living balm of Gilead salves our wounds and mends our broken spirit. In deed, He that called forth Lazarus from the grave cries to us, Come forth!

Jesus asks only that we come and take His yoke upon ourselves. A light burden compared to the weight of our sins and griefs, work in Christ is a joy, a duty of love. Devotion to Christ is a less a burden than a blessing. “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)

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