Lowly in heart
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Rest! It’s a good thing! It’s different than peace because peace is something that God gives, but rest is something we enter into, on purpose. Today’s scripture says When you go to Jesus, on purpose, then He will give you rest. Glory to God! With all the struggle and anxieties in life, it’s so wonderful to have a place of rest, and that place is in Christ Jesus. A rest that we don’t have to wait for, we can enter in immediately. Whenever we are feeling the uneasiness of day to day life, we can easily enter in by getting quiet and submitting (unloading) everything to Him.
But how? How do you unload these burdens and get into rest, that God kind of rest? Jesus says in this passage “take My yoke on and learn from me.” A yoke? That sounds like more work. A yoke is not a reference we commonly use today, but in the days when Jesus was speaking, everyone could understand this picture. It was used to team up a pair of oxen and then attach them to a plow so they could work together to pull it. You may be saying, “that doesn’t sound very restful to me.” However, Jesus said, “get into the yoke with me and I will make your labor/burden easy and light”. He’s saying that I don’t have to struggle through life when I have attached my life to His, because when the hard times come, He pulls the load and carries the weight. My part is to enter into His rest by submitting everything to Him and let Him do the work of turning things around for good.
There’s only one question left and that is how do I get into the yoke with Jesus? He answers that question for us. He says, “learn of me and of my gentle and lowly (humble) heart.” So by becoming a person of humility, submitted to God and His word I can then enter into His rest. By turning all the care over and taking on God’s Word (Jesus) instead, I then enter in. This is where our relationship with the Lord grows. When we “get in the yoke” with Him, we are spending time with Him, talking to Him and walking with Him.
Today I want to encourage you that no matter what you are going through, it doesn’t have to be a struggle. Enter into the Father’s rest by getting into the “yoke” of life with Jesus. Humble yourself by submitting to and obeying His Word then apply it to all your circumstances. Let the force of God’s Word do the work on your troubles while you take a rest.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 11:20-30
20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.
26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.
27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”