“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Listen to the culture around you and you will, more times than not, find an underlying thread of self-sufficiency being portrayed. Who needs religion…the church…Jesus? With modern science, the vastness of technology, remarkable advances in health…et, I can do this on my own. Today, speed, comfort, convenience, power and information are all there for you…a culture that tends to play to our natural desires of independence and self-sufficiency.
Yet, I have seen so many individuals buckle under the weight of grief and hardship – not knowing where to turn. When life seems like it is against you, whom do you rely upon? When you are driven to weariness and despair, where is your anchor?
Can you hear Jesus calling to you…come to me, all of you who are exhausted…come to me, all of you who are weighted down by great burdens. But this is not to imply that we just dump our problems in Jesus’ lap. Rest does not mean inaction on our part – Jesus says, place yourself under his yoke and learn from him.
Irish poet, W. B. Yeats said: “Can one reach God by toil? He gives himself to the pure in heart. He asks nothing but our attention.” Mentally searching for God can be as futile as trying to deal with everything on our own – knowing God has so very little to do with mental searching. Giving our attention to Jesus the Christ – well, that is an entirely different thing…our attention – heart, mind, soul and strength because in Jesus we see and know and fell what the Lord God Almighty is like.
Today…cast your problems and burdens on Jesus and give your attention to his teaching and his love to guide you through the tough spots of life and to help you soar each and every day!!
Readings and Authors This Week:
|5/28/18||1 Kings 19-20||Psalm 68||Romans 7||Dale|
|5/29/18||1 Kings 21-22||Job 9||Romans 8||Ed Schultz|
|5/30/18||2 Kings 1-3||Psalm 69||Romans 9||Craig R.|
|5/31/18||2 Kings 4-5||Job 10||Romans 10||Karl|
|6/1/18||2 Kings 6-8||Psalm 70||Romans 11||Matt|
|6/2/18||2 Kings 9-10||Job 11||Romans 12||Bo|