Matthew 11:28: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
This verse from Matthew is one of my all-time favorites from scripture. For me, it is one of the most reassuring promises from our Lord and Savior. Jesus is promising to all who believe in him, and who are weighed down with the demands of life, to simply come to Jesus. And what does he promise? Rest – not necessarily rest for your body – but rest for your soul. “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.
Many people misread this verse and they take it to mean a physical kind of rest. Certainly, if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your savior, your body and your mind will attain more rest. As you turn your focus upon Christ and on the word of God, you pull back from the world and the many worries, demands and busyness that it places upon you. Your focus becomes more Christ-centered and you learn to take your mind and worries away from worldly concerns. This doesn’t mean that you will still not be burdened with the many worries and concerns of life; rather you learn to look at those problems in the light of having your mind centered or focused upon Christ.
In Jesus’ time, the Pharisees weighed down people’s minds and burdened them with many unnecessary demands. And in our day and time, I see many people living in fear of what is happening in the world. Just recently we have seen mass shootings and airport bombings dominate the news headlines. And being human beings, it’s natural that those types of incidents will cause us to worry or be fearful to some extent. But as believers in Christ, we know that our souls are protected in Christ because of our belief, faith and trust in him as our Lord and Savior. Our body can certainly be killed and destroyed but our soul cannot be touched if we belong to Christ. Jesus is our master and he will always care for us. That is an eternal promise for all who believe.
I urge you to begin each day in prayer to God and in the word of God. Don’t allow your day to begin with the violent and depressing news of the day. Begin your day talking to God and in the word of God. As you do this, you will find an incredible strength and guidance in which to begin your day. Open up your heart to God and tell him that you are afraid and worried and burdened and that you seek rest for your soul. God loves you and he will give you a type of rest and security that this fallen world cannot offer. God’s rest and love is eternal and is always available to those who seek it.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Matthew 7:33-34.