“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 (NIV)
Come To Me
There is nothing I would rather do. There is no place I would rather be. What do you want to do and where would rather be? I want to come to you. I want to rest in your presence. Those are very good desires that you have in you. Why do you have those desires in you? That is a very good question. Do you have a good answer? I have several answers, I hope that they are all good. I’m listening. My desire to come to you, comes from you. I am certain that desire did not originate in me. You love me. You care for me. You drew me to yourself. You have helped me to come to know and love you with all my heart. Loving you is my response to the love you have shown to me. I love you because you first loved me. You have lavished me with your love. How could I not love you back? How could I not want to come to you, to spend time with you, and rest in your presence? That is my first and best answer to why I have these desires in me. That is very good.
But I have more to say. I am still listening to you. This world is busy. This world is hectic and sometimes even frantic. It is an easy place to become weary and worn out. By my nature, I like to be on the go. I like to be busy. That is not all positive. Why not? You made me to need balance in my life. Being on the go and always trying to stay busy can easily lead to burn out. I have often worked myself ragged. I am frequently in danger of becoming weary and worn out. Spending daily time with you, resting in your presence will bring balance to my life. In your presence, I will be refreshed, revived, and renewed. There is no doubt about that, is there? No, there is not. So, I will make it my daily pattern to come to you, to rest in your presence. That will be very good.
I have even more to say. Go ahead, I am still listening. In your presence, I will be able to learn from you. In your presence, I will hear from you. In your presence, you will teach and train me. In your presence, you will guard and guide the activities of my life. You will keep me from running off in a hundred different directions. You will lead me to where you want me to go. You will give me what you want me to do. You will help me to know and do your will. Then I will not grow weary and become worn out as I love and follow and serve you. No, you will not. I will be with you to help you as you draw near to me. Thank you, Lord. I will keep on coming to you. I will keep resting in your presence. I will keep on learning from you. That will be very good.
Lord, I have been weary and worn out. I have felt like I could not take another step. Carrying heavy burdens has weighed me down. I will come to you. I will rest in your presence. I will learn from you. I will allow you to relieve my weariness and lift my burdens. Amen
Key Question… How has coming to the Lord and resting in His presence relieved you of weariness?
Living It Out… Make it your daily practice to rest in the Lord’s presence so He can relieve your weariness and lift your burdens.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you rest as you continue to come to rest in His presence.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has relieved your weariness and lifted your burdens.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you come to the Lord and allow Him to give you rest.
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