The Promises of God by Allan McGuirl
Over 3,500+ promises are found in the Bible. I am sure almost all of us at times have been “weary and burdened” over something in our life or our family. Jesus, the Master of all comfort, says in Matthew 11:28 and 29 , “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened and I (that is Jesus) will give you rest.” Not “maybe,” or “hopefully,” but “I will.” Oh how I love the “I wills” of God. Are you looking for God’s help, weary one who is so burdened? God says in Proverbs 8:17, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me (the Lord) with all your heart.” In Matt 7:8, “One who seeks, finds” and in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call and I will answer…”
Weary and burdened, God says, “Come to Me and I will give you rest.” What is the definition of “weary”? I am sure some of you reading this could say, “I’ll tell you fast, Allan.” Physically and mentally exhausted by hard work, exertion, and strain; fatigued eyes, brain, and arms: how does this sound for weary? And often this is caused by the burdens we carry. What is the meaning of “burdened”? Here it implies something difficult or unpleasant that you have to deal with or worry about. You can carry a heavy load mentally.
I am sure there are many elderly people who are burdened that they are a hardship to their children. Children can be burdened with the news from their doctor that their mother has breast cancer. A family can be weary because their son has just gotten into trouble again.
But let’s go back to this precious promise found in Matthew 11:28 and 29. Help is on the way, one could say. Listen to these five steps as an encouragement to you.
- “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened.” That’s every one of you.
- Yes, you who are weary and burdened, here is an “I will” of God. “I will give you rest.” Rest simply means, most obviously, to lie down and sleep, refrain from fear, labour, or exertion. Relax and be free from anxiety.
- But something interesting is happening here, for the Lord says, “Take my yoke upon you.” What is Jesus talking about? He uses the word “yoke.” What is it?
There is the example of harnessing two oxen together to plow a field or pull a wagon, working as a team. God is saying, “I want to come alongside of you to help you carry your burden and to help relieve your load.”
- And then Jesus says that while He comes alongside you, yoked together with you, comforting your heart, you can learn from Him. In His presence we become aware of the fruit of the Spirit itemized in Galatians 5:22 and 23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and even self-control for those who would want to lash out in times of weariness.
- The more we learn about Jesus and His gentle, kind way of working in our hearts, God says (listen carefully), “You will find rest for your souls.” That’s God’s promise. So read Matthew 11:28 and 29 over and over again. Claim it and enjoy peace for your soul as you are yoked together with Jesus, our eternal Friend.
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