A Burden Lifted

9th October

Then JESUS said, “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.””

Matthew 11:28-29

Sometimes the heaviness of life’s problems and worries, feel like a weight on our shoulders that pushes us down. We can almost be consumed by the cares of this life. It can feel like the ‘yoke’ Jesus alludes to in Matthew 11: a big heaven wooden contraption, attached to oxen, to help them when ploughing the fields in unison and in a straight line. If you feel like an oxen today, like the weight of your burdens are pulling you down, then there is good news.

Jesus says that He will give us His yoke so we can walk in unison with him. Instead of the yoke being on our shoulders, we can be at rest that Jesus is carrying the weight of our burdens. He encourages us to give our needs and burdens to Him. His yoke is light, because He is doing the carrying. What an incredible image right?! The God who created the heavens and the earth, wants to stand along side you, to battle through life together with you and to lift and hold you when you are weak. And not only that, He wants to take away your burdens so that we can find rest for our souls. Praise God.