Ye Shall Find Rest

Matthew 11:28-30 ‘Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’

How is it that Jesus gives us rest when we come to Him? Precisely in that He is able to carry our burdens, and is even able to remove them for us. (Psa 145:14) ‘The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.’

There is an iron yoke – a yoke of our own creating – the yoke of sin. At the point of salvation maybe we felt that we put this off. Again and again, however, we choose to labour under the iron yoke of unbelief and self-will. The child of God who has seen the yoke of Egypt broken from his neck need not carry the weight of the wilderness in his heart. Return again to your rest. ‘Come,’ says the Lord.

‘How shall I come?’ you might ask. First, come by believing His promise. ‘I will give you rest.’ If you don’t believe it, you will never release the burden that you carry, but will continue to wander, like the crow, through desolate places. He that comes to God must believe. Let us even be as bold as to follow Peter’s instruction: 1 Peter 5:7 ‘Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.’

Second, consciously take the Saviour’s yoke. He tells us that it is easy and that His burden is light. He does not want us to struggle as slaves under our sin, but he does want us to strive with Him as soldiers against sin. It is possible to bear the yoke of the Saviour, for not only does He bear the yoke with us, but His commandments are not grievous to one that is truly born of God. 1 John 5:3-4 ‘For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.’

Third, learn from Him. Look at Psalm 32:8-10. There we learn that He will be faithful to guide and instruct us. Therefore, we should not be like the stubborn horse or mule, who do are hesitant to trust, and will struggle against correction or having their wills crossed. Many sorrows will be to those who form a habit of hardening themselves against God. A rod is for the fool’s back. It is not in Christ to willingly afflict us, for He is meek and lowly in heart, and has respect unto the humble. He shares our afflictions and feels all our struggles. Patiently, as the stronger of the pair in the yoke, He will carry us through all. Let us learn from Him.

By coming in faith, and taking His yoke, and learning from Him, you shall find rest unto your souls.

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