March 24 | Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to Me all who labor and are burdened 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)
When my grandfather passed away, he knew from his cancer that his time was coming. He gathered each of us family members and talked to each of us individually. He settled his accounts, as it were. And he blessed each of us as Jacob did in Genesis.
Jesus knew the combination of his life and ministry was coming, to pay for your sins and open the door for relationship with him. He made the final push for people to come to him before that time.
He often had compassion for those who were suffering throughout his ministry. He calls you with all of your troubles and trials, weary and heavy with the cares of this life to enter his rest. He who would suffer more than any other person in human history wanted you to rest in him. He wants to take your burdens upon himself.
A Rabbi’s yoke was how he interpreted the Scriptures. Jesus calls us to understand God the way he teaches him to us. Jesus’ yoke is easy. He calls you to rely and stop striving and trying to do things on your own. He calls you to let him take on your burden.
Action Step: Let go and let God take care of you. Stop trying to fulfill your needs on your own. Lean on God for your every need. People will let you down when you rely on them, but God will not.
Lord Jesus, I turn over my troubles and my trials to you. I stop striving and trying to do things with my own resources. I rely on you who took my sin and shame to the cross in my place. I trust you for everything today.