MATTHEW 11:28-30: “Come to Me, all who are weary and 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.” TLV
OBSERVATION: There is a tremendous contemporary worship song today called “Come to the Altar.” In this song the opening lyrics are,
Are you hurting and broken within,
Overwhelmed by the weight of your sin,
Jesus is calling.
Have you come to the end of yourself,
Do you thirst for a drink from the well,
Jesus is calling.
When we hear these words, what do we focus on? Do we identify and focus with the plight of our burden and need, or do we focus on the wonderful truth that “Jesus is calling?” Our focus will determine our outcome!
This is equally as true with this wonderful promise in Matthew. We all know what it is like to be weary and burdened. We all seek rest for our weary souls. Yet, just like in the lyrics above, the pivotal line in Matthew 11:28-30 is – “Come to me.” It is easy to wallow in my weariness and to become preoccupied with my burdens. It takes childlike faith to bring them to Jesus and lay them down at His feet.
Here is the context of Jesus’ wonderful invitation to find rest for our souls.
- “At that time Yeshua said in response, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and discerning and revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was pleasing to You. “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” Matthew 11:25-27 TLV
The hidden wisdom of the kingdom, the provision of rest for our weary souls, is not found by the wise and discerning. It is given freely to the infant, to the one who runs to the Son, and to the one whom the Father reveals Himself to. An infant does not try to analyze their situation. An infant simply cries out to their mother, and their mother takes them in her arms and meets their needs.
We enter into faith with Jesus Christ through childlike faith. We come “just as I am”, and we continue in childlike dependence. Yet, somewhere along the line we can begin to forget our need for childlike faith and begin to return to a dependence upon the wisdom and discernment we have attained in our walk with Christ. There is nothing wrong with growing in the wisdom and discernment of the Holy Spirit, but it can never replace our simple childlike walk of faith with Jesus.
Jesus is inviting us DAILY to become “yoked” with Him. What a wonderful invitation. When we are yoked together with our Savior we are placed in the closest possible position to hear His voice and to learn from Him. He is the Great Shepherd, the Good Shepherd. His desire is to lead us to green pastures, to bring us to still waters, and to restore our soul. His promised presence in our lives is what sustains us!
- “A psalm of David. ADONAI is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me: Your rod and Your staff comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You have anointed my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of ADONAI forever.” Psalms 23:1-6 TLV
There will be times of weariness and trial. We may even face the valley of the shadow of death. But when we are yoked with Jesus, and are walking in harmony and submission to His Word in our lives, He always leads us to a place of strength and restoration. He pours out His Spirit upon us in an overflowing way. His goodness and mercy are our constant companions. And we walk in the assurance of our heavenly reward. This is the promise to all who hear His call – “Come to Me…!”
Lord, this morning I pray, restore in me the childlike faith that I had when I first heard Your call to follow You. Thank You for all You are teaching Me each day. However, help me never to rely on my wisdom and discernment above the wonderful sound of Your voice speaking to my heart – “Come to Me!” May I surrender to Your will today, become joyfully yoked together with You, and walk into the wonderful refreshing of Your love and presence!
Lord, weary and burdened, I hear Your call! Jesus, I come!
In Jesus Name!