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Have You Ever Been Tired?

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Life ChangeHave you ever been tired? I mean really tired. Like after running a few miles or playing a game of full-court basketball or walking a few miles or expending all of your energy in some physical exercise. Maybe we’re not in as good a shape as we used to be. Maybe it doesn’t take much to tire us out these days. I remember how we used to take honey or oranges just before a wrestling match to give us quick energy. Those three minutes on the mat were very draining – even when we were in top shape. We just might need a renewed measure of energy or rest – at times.

Have you ever been tired? I mean really tired. Like staying up all night to cram for a test the next day. Like spending an all-nighter watching your sick children or being sick yourself. Like pulling an all-nighter at work to make sure a project finishes or catching up for someone else. At times we just need a renewed measure of energy or rest.

Have you ever been tired? I mean really tired. Like facing tough days – weeks – months – years or more. Like having a difficult period in your marriage or with your children/parents or in another relationship. Like trying to find a job and not finding one. Like not being able to provide or even help provide for your family. Like being homeless or hungry or all alone. At times we just need a renewed measure of energy or rest from it all.

Have you ever been tired? I mean really tired. Today’s passage speaks to those of us who are tired. Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Jesus promises us rest – from whatever makes us weary – if we turn to Him. Here’s the passage in partial context. Matthew 11:25–30 – 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. 27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Have you ever been tired? I mean really tired. If so – we need to turn our hearts – our souls – our whole beings – over to God. We need to seek His face and desire His grace. We need to submit ourselves to Jesus and He promises to give us rest. We need to turn to Him more and more in our lives. We need to turn to Him fully – not partially – not simply Sundays or occasionally. We need to totally commit ourselves to Jesus – and He will give us rest.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

May 15, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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