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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
"Rest Unto Your Souls"
"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" Matthew 11:29, 30
Jesus said, "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" Matthew 11:29, 30. I want you to notice the little word unto; it is the part of speech that governs the noun that follows it, or what we call a preposition. This is important because unto links the words rest and souls. In other words, the preposition unto grabs ahold of the word rest and governs it to the word souls.
Enough of the English lesson! The truth I want you to catch here is that when we yoke up with the Lord and get under His burden, we will find rest in our souls. That word rest is "reprieve" or "recreation." It is the rest that restores strength after a hard-fought battle. The Lord is telling us who "labour and are heavy laden" to come to Him, and He will replace our heavy load with His light burden--just as we came to Him with our heavy load of sin, and He exchanged it for His great salvation! In that exchange, my soul had His rest found in it.
Now, Christian, if that is true with salvation, is it not just as true with our worries and fears? Worries are burdens that are too heavy for us to carry! Too many of us are weighed down with anxiety and worry about tomorrow. I assure you, if you are under the load of care, you will fall by and by. Saddled to a massive load of worry is a senseless way to struggle through this life. A recent study showed that the average person's anxiety is focused on:
40% -- things that will never happen
30% -- things about the past that can't be changed
12% -- things about criticism by others, mostly untrue
10% -- about health, which gets worse with stress
8% -- about real problems that will be faced
You can see how the greatest percentage of our lives are lived in turmoil when we give in to worry. How much rest is lost on mental and emotional distress? We need to hear our Saviour's voice as He calls us to "casting all our care upon him; for he careth for you" 1 Peter 5:7.
Ponder these things:
The burden to live under God's promises is lighter than the weight of your worries.
"And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us- ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power," Ephesians 1:19.
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us," Ephesians 3:20.
Access to these promises requires faith and asking. What a light burden to bear! To think that I have to trust God and ask Him in prayer, and I will experience His greatness and power is truly a "light affliction." 2. The burden to let God care for the future is lighter than the weight of our plotting and planning. "When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path" Psalm 142:3. "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof" Matthew 6:34.
I would suggest reading Matthew 6 today. Jesus emphasized that He holds the future, and we are to let Him order our steps.
Many of us need to lay aside our worry, and let the light burden of faith in our Lord infuse rest to our souls. Cast off the weight you have been battling and pick up the burden of faith, and you will find "rest unto your souls."