We have a calendar on the wall in our kitchen. It has a Scripture verse written on it for each day of the year, and there’s a space on the left-hand side for us to write notes. I always read the verse of the day when I am getting breakfast ready, and yesterday the verse read, “Come unto me ... and I will give you rest.” Part of the verse wasn’t there, because there wasn’t enough space to print the whole verse. I started to think of what Jesus had said, and the words, ‘come’, ‘take’, ‘learn’ and ‘find’ stood out to me.
I came to Jesus fifty years ago. I was weary and heavy laden and wanted to find rest for my soul. Before long, I found that I needed to take Jesus’ yoke. That meant letting Him lead me in every aspect of my life and submitting to His lordship and authority. As I started reading the Bible and being with other believers, I began to understand that my ways of thinking and doing things were not necessarily Jesus’ ways.
I needed to learn a whole new way of living. There was sometimes a real battle, as, in my flesh, I often wanted to give up, or just be passive. I wanted God to change me, but I didn’t understand that there was a part I had to play for this to happen.
All through our lives here on earth we will have to keep coming to Jesus, taking His yoke, confessing our sins, repenting and forgiving others who sin against us. We will have to keep on learning from Jesus and doing His will, and then we will find rest for our souls. It won’t be easy.
We have an enemy who wants to trip us up and hinder our walk with Jesus and destroy our testimony. Increasingly, we will find that God’s way of doing things is the opposite of the world’s way, and we will feel like aliens here on earth. But God has promised that His grace will always be sufficient for us, whatever trials we are facing. He will always be with us, right to the end.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You have promised that those who come to You will find rest for their souls. Please help me each day to take Your yoke upon me and let You teach me Your ways, and help me to trust You when the way is hard, because You have said that You will never fail me or forsake me. Thank You, Lord! Amen.
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