Meditation Text: St. Matthew 11: 25-12: 8
Verse for the day: St. Matthew 11: 28 – 30
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
In these days of science and many technological advancements, more and more, people are relying on ‘experts’ to determine how they live their life – what kind of foods they eat, how to raise their children, how to view life, and even how to understand God. Our world is a very tense, uptight and fast paced world, filled with hurry.
We need to learn how to experience rest. If all we needed was physical rest we can always take a nap. If we needed only emotional rest, we can always take a vacation. But where can we find spiritual rest? How can we obtain relief regarding the deepest issues of life at the deepest level of our hearts? Jesus is relating the restlessness of humanity with its godlessness. And He is saying that we will never really know what it is to rest, until we know God. Jesus says, “Come to me, I will give you rest.”
The search to satisfy the spiritual needs on our own leads down many empty roads. The tiresome search of the soul, coming up empty is what Jesus is speaking to. He has a gift to give! Human effort falls far short of the standard God requires. The Cross is the place of exchange where what we are is placed on Him and what He is, is given to us.
The fatal mistake for the believer is to seek to bear life’s load in a single collar. God never intended man to carry his burden alone. Christ therefore deals only in yokes. A yoke is a neck harness for two, and the Lord Himself pleads to be One of the two. He wants to share the labor of any galling task.
The secret of peace and victory in the Christian life is found in putting off the taxing collar of self and accepting the Master’s relaxing yoke. God intends to interfere in our life. So the question remains: when does God interfere? And how? When we have faith God definitely will interfere and without doubt will work in our lives. And our experiences with God must allow us to say like the Psalmist: “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,” Let Israel now say— “If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose up against us, Then they would have swallowed us alive” (Psalm 124:1-3).
Our belief in God’s interference gives us comfort, peace and sense of security. “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He shall sustain you;” (Psalm 55:22).
O Lord, who comforts, grants us rest and carries our burdens, stretch forth Your almighty right hand and bless us. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit and guides us with Your counsel. Strengthen us in our walk with You. Grant us victory over the powers of the Evil One and his hosts. Be with us Lord and keep us in Your Love. May we grow in knowledge of You and rest in Your everlasting peace. All honor and glory, praise and thanksgiving to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and always forever and ever. Amen.