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.
Matthew 11:29 NIV
Life is filled with burdens. Crisis seems to lurk around every corner. Stress is killing people. People are killing people. Some, unable to deal with life, are taking their own lives. Soldiers are being killed in battle. Financial crisis is destroying families. Disease is rampant. Bad things happen to good people.
Throughout the written history of the world we have evidence of the extreme cruelty of man to man. Yet a patient and loving God continues to give opportunity after opportunity to get it right. I cannot control all that happens around me. So, what can I do? How can I change my world? How can I find hope in life’s sea of hopelessness?
I have good news. Christ came! His world was also filled with hatred, cruelty, poverty and disease. Yet throughout His life on earth, His message was clear. Come unto me, I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Drink of me, the well of living water. Rise and be healed. He spread hope, hope, and more hope as he traversed the countryside.
How does that help me today? The answer is simple. Christ came. His words to us today are the same as when spoken two thousand years ago. He still gives rest to the weary, hope to the hopeless, shares our burdens, gives living water, and brings healing. Although we cannot see him walking the earth, we can certainly sense His presence. If you do not believe me, whisper His Name; Jesus.
Whether you are walking in the springtime season of your life or the winter winds are howling about you, speak His Name; Jesus. He still comes. His presence is real. His help is real. His hope is real. In Him you can find strength for every need. Rest for your soul is found at the foot of the cross.