Saturday, November 21

Weary of 2020?

Scripture: Matthew 11-13

Matthew 11:28–30 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Observation

Jesus was speaking to people who were weary, burdened by life and by a religious system that weighed them down with regulations and minutia.  He offered something different: rest for their souls; a yoke that was easy, a burden that was light.  

The yoke was a Jewish metaphor for their Law; Jesus lifted that heavy yoke and gave them a new one that easy.  He invites us into a relationship—a relationship with Him as our Lord and leader.  

The way to experience this rest and relief was by coming to Jesus and taking His yoke.  Come to Jesus and submit to Him as Lord.  Follow Him.  That is the way to find rest for your souls.  It seems counter-intuitive that submitting to Jesus (taking His yoke) would bring rest…but it does!

Application

This week I’ve talked with numerous pastors who are weary and discouraged.  One told me, “Everything that I love about pastoring, I can’t do right now.  This is not what I signed up for.”  Another pastor said that a survey revealed that 70% of pastors wish they could change jobs right now. They’re weary.  I understand that feeling.

And of course, it’s not just pastors.  Most of us are weary—weary of lockdowns, sickness, political polarization, economic upheaval…weary of 2020!  Perhaps now more than ever we need to hear the words of Jesus: “Come to me.  Take my yoke upon you.  Learn from me.  And you will find rest for your souls.”

Today, I’m coming to Jesus and submitting to Him as my Lord…again.

Prayer: Thanks for the reminder, the call to come and follow, and the promise of rest!