Stumbling Toward Jesus
the burden of A Student Ox
In two places, "rest" is mentioned. Jesus says, "Come...I will give you rest" and if we take the yoke and learn, we "will find rest" for our souls. Again with the give and take. We are called to act and we can find rest. Is that easy to do when you're "weary and burdened"? Actually, YES, if you chose to ask Jesus into your life! We're giving up our yokes, the ones where the burdens keep us awake at night, unrested, worried, tired of carrying them, weary and ready to give up. And exchanging that yoke that we can't seem to get away from or solve for the one that Jesus offers. The one where he promises, "For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Who wouldn't want an easier, lighter yoke and, remember, you're in there with Jesus who is helping to carry the burden and move forward with you. Here's the other thing: there's a yoke no matter what. It is either the worldly, heavy one or the easy, light Jesus yoke. As always, we have freedom of choice.
Without Jesus, you are 'yoked' to worldly troubles and heartaches. Untethered to do your own thing, your own unsaved, sinful way. With Jesus, metaphorically speaking, he is 'yoked' with us, directing us in his gentle way, walking forward with us, carrying the heaviest of the burden and helping us to work the 'field' of life. He invites us to take his spiritual yoke on by confessing him as your saviour and letting him be first in your life. So, getting back to where he promises to give rest for the soul. Here's what I know without a shadow of a doubt, in other words, I can testify to this. In my early years of walking with Jesus, there were some ebbs and flows. I wasn't fully committed, so as a young believer there were times that I wandered over to places I didn't belong or hungout with people I shouldn't have or made decisions that were not God-driven. I wasn't strongly yoked up with Jesus...I didn't fully trust God or his promises and I still wanted to do things my way. Those were times where I ended up weary and burdened. Why? Because inevitably, I ended up worrying, trying to be someone I wasn't meant to be, or doing things I shouldn't have been doing. I said earlier "I could have a lot of yokes!" I used the word 'could' because those worries I listed will not become burdens because I've turned them over to God. I choose to be spiritually yoked with Jesus and actively work on a stronger faith walk. I choose to trust God and his promises and, therefore, I'm not weary and burdened. He is in control, teaching and directing, walking right next to me and helping me through this life. Jesus absolutely understands what it feels like to be weary and burdened and he is offering in these verses a way to peace, understanding and rest for our souls. Hallelujah!