Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:28
Our scriptural reference today is a well-known passage of the Scripture that preachers like to preach it, Bible teachers like to quote it, and we like to hear it because it gives so much comfort to our souls as we live in a world that doesn’t give us the needed rest. We carry so many burdens. Many of us are burdened by a lack of job, or the threat of losing our jobs. Many of us struggle with the demands and expectations of job, family and/or school. Burdens literally weigh us down. Burdens rob us of the joy of life. Burdens prevent us from experiencing the abundant life that is ours through the Cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus is inviting you: “Come to Me” Jesus is inviting you to come into a relationship with Him. He says to you, “Come to me…and I will give you rest.” If you come to Him, then He will give you rest. Coming to Jesus means entering into His presence. Walking up to Him in your mind and heart with all that you are and with all that you have done, and talking and sharing with Him all that your heart holds. The only condition to that promise is that you must come to Him in order for Him to fulfill His promise. Jesus’ love is unconditional. That is why He is inviting you to come into a relationship with Him. He knows that only Him can heal your wounds and give you new strength and make your life joyful.
Jesus promises, “And I will give you rest.” When you are in friendship with Jesus, you will find immense love, unimaginable peace, unquenchable joy, and eternal salvation. Scripture says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. These things I have spoken to you so that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full.” When your soul experiences Jesus’ presence, you will be fulfilled; because God alone can fill that vacuum in your heart. You may have tried to fill that emptiness with all sorts of thoughts and actions, but you will always come up dry and empty, because God alone can provide what is needed. Beloved, God will never force His way into your life. He may invite you to have a relationship with Him over and over again, but unless you say “Yes” to Him and share your life with Him and live in His friendship, you will never receive the benefits of His friendship and Fatherly love.
Dear User of Daily Strength say “Yes” to Jesus’ invitation today. He says to you, “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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30). “Take my yoke upon you.” A yoke is what oxen wear when they are pulling a plough for the farmer to plough the field. Jesus likens Himself to the older experienced ox that will carry most of the load and teach us how to. Jesus’ yoke in our lives is the submission of our will to His will. It is our agreeing with the fact that He is all-wise and all-knowing of our situation and that He will do what is best rather than our own thoughts, emotions and desires. So choose to do God’s will always. Jesus’ Promise: “And you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus promises that you will find rest for your soul. Not maybe, but definitely yes if you give Him your love, your life and the control of the situations which you are in. Hear this, you will find rest as He handles your heart, and those people and circumstances which cause you trouble.
- Take the Prayer of Self Surrender to God.
- Ask God for forgiveness for those times you took your problems to other places and not to Jesus.
- Invite Jesus into your life today, into your situations, ask Him to take your yokes away.
- Declare this: Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto yours in the name of Jesus (3 times).
Exercise: Visit the Blessed Sacrament or have some personal quite time and pour out your burden unto Jesus.
Memory Verse: Isaiah 28:12