Come to me, all you who are weary and heavy burdened, and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
Meditate on this verse today, and know that the Lord is your Oasis.
While the burdens and yokes of this world are heavy, the Lord’s burden is light and His yoke is easy:
“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 29-30 (NIV)
A yoke is something that joins the heads of two animals to work as one. Oxen and bulls were often yoked together to pull heavy supplies and equipment.
The metaphor in the verse is not just to work, but to be unified with Christ as one.
When you join with Him and bend your neck to His easy yoke, you will find rest because you will be in holy union with Him. As you learn His ways, you will discover that He is gentle, and easy to please– unlike the world.
He is the only one who can give you supernatural refreshment to your body and spirit.
Are you feeling burdened today? Bask in the comfort of this verse and set time apart to soak in His presence and be still as He ministers to you.
Allow yourself to breathe deeply and pour out your heart to Him, laying every burden at His feet.
Sometimes this can be a process, as we are so used to holding onto certain burdens for so long. If this is the case, keep repeatedly laying those burdens down as many times as you need until you have fully let them go. The Lord longs to take those burdens from you, for He is faithful to give you rest!
“Lord, thank you that your presence is a place of rest and peace. When I become overwhelmed by the burdens of life and this world, remind me again that your yolk is easy and your burden is light. Help me to lay down my burdens at your feet as much as needed so I may receive your rest.”