Matthew 11: 28'Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.'
Life can be very challenging at times, and more often than not, along with challenges comes that weary feeling, usually when we have been working really hard and suddenly we run out of steam!There is a sense of reassurance in this passage that weariness is just a part of normal life and that it is OK to take time out and rest. God is saying here that if our burdens are too great we can simply give them to Him and relax- easier said than done!
It is useful to reflect on how well we are managing and weigh up progress to date; keeping on top of tasks is a good way to avoid too much stress. Sometimes this is easier said than done! What is not explained in this verse are the ways in which God helps us- obviously our burdens don’t just fall away but maybe when we hand them over and cease worrying, people and things will come into our lives that help everything to progress smoothly.The verse also shows how much God cares and is aware of our basic needs, staying close by at all times. We are not alone even when it feels that way, which is also encouraging. The idea of rest creates space and time to think, a useful commodity in our busy lives, so why not take up this offer? After all, it’s free!
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