Thursday, April 19, 2012

I Will Find Rest

Come to me, all of you who are weary
 and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, 
because I am humble and gentle at heart, 
and you will find rest for your souls. 
For my yoke is easy to bear, 
and the burden I give you is light.
Matthew 11

Daily I need to come that He might give.
Every time my soul picks up a burden,
it becomes heavy.
Every time I allow my flesh to rule,
it makes me weary.
The command is to "come" that He might "give" rest.
This is a rest that we have nothing to do with.
He gives; we receive.

Every moment holds rest.
This is the revelation I have to live in.
It is after I receive His rest 
that I take His yoke and find rest for my soul.
There really are only two choices:
the yoke of oppression or the yoke of His love.
It is not just about my being in a yoke;
it is about my being in the right yoke.
I can so easily go through my day feeling heavy,
the enemy pressing on the yoke
until it becomes more than I can bear.
I become overwhelmed. Again.
Definitely not the right yoke.
Jesus tells me to come to Him, to His heart, 
and receive His crazy free gift of rest.

This Scripture talks about two rests:
the one He gives and the one we find.
We cannot find our rest without receiving His.
With His yoke in place, I work with His strength.
The rest that He gives isn't for idle living.
It is for living a life of purpose. His purpose.

Today, NOW, I receive Your rest, Lord,
and I take the yoke You give me to bear. 
I recline on Your promise
that You give true rest to all who will come.
It is a confident, faith-filled, triumphant rest.
And I believe it is mine.
It is for Your glory.

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