“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
We are believing God in this season for restoration of the things lost or stolen from us. Notice the word rest-oration is derived from rest. In order for restoration to take place we have to find rest in God and in his promises. Rest is an elusive concept in our twenty first century when the drive is to try to do more and constantly earn more in order to make progress. Someone may say how do I rest when I have work, school, a family and other demands?
“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.” Matthew 11:29
I never quite understood how taking on a yoke would give me rest when it sounded like carrying an additional burden. I had to research this scripture for the meaning and I found out that a yoke is what is placed on two oxen for them to carry a load together. As such Jesus wants to be yoked with us in order to walk with us and to help us carry our burdens. What an assurance of our help and a constant companion to share in our struggles.
God cares for us and he does not want us to be weary, stressed out, burnt out, sick and tired. Jesus has borne our grief and carried our sorrows. Isaiah 53:4 “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
We find peace and rest when we take our worries and cares to Jesus in prayer and surrender it all to him. We surrender in knowing that he hears us and he cares and that he is walking with us, yoked with us and helps us to carry our burdens. We are never alone and there is joy and peace in surrender.