Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
(Matthew 11:28 (NIV))
Labor has been defined as the act or process requiring an expenditure of physical or mental effort especially when difficult or compulsory. Sometimes that labor is physical and sometimes it is spiritual.
All of us face it. All of us grow weary from it. In the physical world, there is no escape from this burden. Even the rich face it in some way. Perhaps the biggest burden that we all face is the spiritual burden that weighs us all down. This burden is a labor of fear and uncertainty, for the commonality that binds us all together is the fear and the uncertainty of what happens to us at the point of death.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
(Philippians 4:4 (NIV))
Paul wrote these words to the church at Phillippi and they hold true today. We must rejoice in the promise that Jesus will give rest to all who come to Him. He promises much more.
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 11:29-30 (NIV))
Some may think that Jesus has not kept His promise, for we still face burdens in this life.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33 (NIV))
Jesus did not promise to remove all troubles that make us labor and grow weary. He did promise to take those upon Himself and to help us through them. We can rest in the strength of Jesus to see us through all of our troubles. All that we must do is keep our eyes upon Him.
Are you weary from the labor of carrying your heavy burdens? Surrender your whole life over to Jesus and He will ease your burdens. He will give you the strength to see your way through them.