What Has Been Your Burden?

“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Greetings fellow sojourners.  It is such a blessing to walk this Spiritual journey alongside you!

Have you ever seriously reflected on the weight of the Heavenly burden vs the weight of earthly burdens?  Seems to me if you earnestly weigh the extreme value and far-reaching importance of the heavenly kingdom vs the paltriness and trivialness of Satan’s earthly kingdom that the kingdom of Heaven would be the significantly weightier burden to us.  How is it then that the weight of earthly burdens seem to be the ones primarily receiving the most attention?  They typically rob us of peace, contentment, and joy and leave us yoked with sleepless nights, disillusionment, anxiety, bitterness…

Jesus, however, is suggesting a different yoke.  Reading the verse again, what does being yoked to Jesus give you?  Jesus says to “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened” by the demands of Satan’s kingdom and He will give us rest.  He wants us to be attached (yoked) to Him; He who is gentle and humble in heart and learn from Him.  His yoke is easy and the burdens of His heavenly kingdom are light.  In Him, we will find rest for ourselves.

Why is it that so many of us seem to have spiritual malaise?  Why so tired?  So uninterested?  So distracted?  Are we taking on our OWN burdens, our OWN disappointments?  Have we yoked ourselves to created things instead of the Creator?  Are we believing things the Bible has not promised?  Are we measuring what we should have (even relationally) based on what we see others having?  Is it what the Bible says we should have?  What if the Bible says it is good to have yet we don’t have it?  We love anyway.  We pray that our own life is lined up with the Word.  We pray for OUR hearts to change.  We may decide in our minds that things are not fair and if it were up to us we would decide a different path but to quote a famous movie line, it is not up to us to decide our path, “all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”  What will you decide to do with the time given you?  Will you be yoked to Jesus and learn from Him?

Thank you, Lord, for allowing us to be yoked to you.  Reveal to our hearts how much lighter the burden of heaven really is compared to the kingdom of this world.  In YOU alone will we find the true rest and refreshing our souls crave.

In His grace,

Amanda

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