28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
The older I get, the more I realize this life isn’t about what happens to us or how successful we become, but it’s all about how we react to different things.
It’s Friday, so chances are you’ve had a long week at work, and something set you off. Maybe it was work-related, maybe it was something that happened within your relationships with the people you love. It could have been anything, or maybe it’s nothing at all.
But God is waiting for us to lean on him throughout all of it.
He says, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”
If you don’t know what a yoke is, imagine two oxen standing side by side, pulling a cart in the same direction. In order for them to walk in the same direction with the same force, they need to be tied together, so at that time, a device by the name of a yoke was created to harness them together.
Now, these two animals can walk in unity in the same direction.
God is asking us to strap ourselves next to Him. He is asking us to learn from him. He is gentle and humble in heart. Our souls can find rest in Him.
This life doesn’t have to be hard. We need to walk side by side with Him. We need to learn from Him.
When God created the world, he rested on the seventh day. We should be doing that too. This weekend finds a day to get alone with God. Mark 6:31 says, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
Find alone time with Him every day. Whatever it is that you are walking through, walk with Jesus.
Father God, thank you for being the kind of father that lets us walk next to you. You want us to lean on you, walk with you, talk to you. Remind us every day that this relationship is two-way. We can lean on you and trust you with our thoughts and actions. In the same way, speak to us, Lord. We want to know where you are nudging us to go. We want to know the plans you have for us. Through it all, we will walk side by side with you. It is in your Holy name that we pray, Amen!