By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer
Have you ever read something familiar and found yourself seeing it with fresh eyes?
It happens to me frequently, and lately it’s been Matthew 11:28-30. Clearly this passage speaks to me, for I wrote about it in September. Is God trying to tell me something?
Last week in my morning quiet time, I read a segment of this scripture in a collection* I read from every day.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
I paused to consider how many people I know who are not laboring or bearing heavy loads. Um . . . do children count? Probably, because sadly, many of them carry heavy loads called “baggage” in today’s terms.
So Jesus invites us – the weary – to come to Him for rest.
And then He tells us to take on His yoke.
At first that may sound like a contradiction. Wouldn’t it be better to not have a yoke at all?
Maybe. But the fact is, we are all yoked to something or someone.
What have we teamed up with? What are we yoked to that we’d like to be free of? If we take on the yoke of Jesus, there isn’t room for another because only one yoke can be worn at a time.
That idea appeals to me.
Jesus also said, “Learn from me.” Learn how to be at peace and work without it killing you.
He goes on to say that He is gentle, or meek. That doesn’t mean He’s wimpy. It means He has great strength of self-control. I’d certainly rather be working side-by-side with someone like that than someone who’s a runaway.
His yoke is easy and His burden is light, and that’s what I want – a doable task with someone right next to me who is bigger, stronger, and more experienced than I. Someone who promises me rest not weariness.
This year, I want to team up with Jesus.
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*If you are looking for a daily devotional, I’d like to suggest Daily Light on the Daily Path, compiled by Samuel Bagster and family in 1794. Yes, it’s been around a while. The daily readings are topically grouped scriptures arranged in short passages for morning and evening, each about a half-page long. There is no commentary, only scripture. There are no opinions, only scripture. No thoughts, suggestions, or human arguments, only scripture. Find it here and here.
This devotional is wonderfully refreshing. There is something to be said for the Word of God. It changes lives and brings light.
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