Learning to Rest in the Lord
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
Wow! Tired, worn out, in need of rest; does this describe most of us today, ladies? As women, we carry the weight of the world upon our shoulders. We are overloaded, over committed and overburdened. Our plates are full. We wear so many hats and walk in so many different roles. We know that we need balance but have difficulty finding it. Because we have taken on so much, we often feel like we are failing in every area of our lives. Can we really “learn to live freely and lightly”?
Jesus has a remedy for the tired woman. He calls out to her and He says; “Come to Me. Get away with Me. Keep company with Me!”
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” Mt 11:28 AMP
Verse 29 goes on to say; “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.”
A yoke is a wooden bar that is placed over the neck of a pair of animals. It is placed upon them to cause the animals to pull together. It joins or unites the two to move and work together as one. The word “yoke” in verse 29 is the Greek work “zugos” and it means to join, a coupling, servitude, and literally the beam of balance (as connecting the scales): – pair of balances.
God wants us to first come to Him, regularly get away with Him, continuously keep company with Him and couple or pair up with Him. When we have been connected to Him, we will experience rest. When we have joined and united with Him, the load we are carrying becomes easier and lighter. When we are moving and working together as one with Christ, we will be more likely to strike that balance in our lives. If we will just purpose each day to get away with Him in that secret place of prayer and meditation of His word, there, we will find blessed quiet for our souls.
Dear weary sisters, answer His call today: “Come Away with Me, Take My Yoke upon you,” for He promises that His yoke is “easy,” which translates “better” in the original Greek. If you are weary and heavy-laden today, God says that there is a better way!
“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (vs. 30 NKJ)
Lord, I pray for every weary and heavy-laden woman today. May she deliberately put down everything in her busy hands for just a moment and run to her place of rest in You. As she comes away from all of the pressing responsibilities for a moment to simply sit at your feet, may she soon recover her life and vitality. Spirit of God, meet this woman right where she is at today and I ask that her spirit and Your Spirit be joined and united in Jesus’ name. Oh, I pray that such a divine and supernatural connecting would take place and that she would never be the same again! No more heavy burdens. Lord, as she communes with You today, would you give her rest? I ask You, Father God, to ease, relieve and refresh her very soul in Your presence. Let a blessed quiet set in and remain. May she walk, move and work in the Spirit. May she live freely and lightly because she is yoked up with You! Teach us, Lord, Your ways.
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