Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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.”
<span style=”font-size: 17px; letter-spacing: 0.8px;”>Filipinos are helpful by nature, as reflected in our “bayanihan” custom. We extend help whenever we can, most notably in times of need without expecting anything in return. Some would willingly accept our help, while others would refuse for whatever reason. While our heart is to bring relief to those who are burdened, our help is limited and temporary.
In Matthew 11:28-30, we find more enduring help. Jesus calls those who are depressed, disheartened, distressed, exhausted, anxious, and troubled to come to Him. He is calling those who are burdened by people’s expectations or their desire to please others. It is a call that is open to everyone willing to trust Him with their situation. It is an invitation given with a promise of rest. It doesn’t mean though that we will have an easy life when we come to Jesus, he also said that in this world, we will experience troubles and sorrows (John 16:33). Instead, it tells us to exchange our heavy burden with His, which is light. It is a call to learn from Him how to carry a burden so that we would be able to carry ours from the point of rest.
The relief that Jesus brings is enduring and is to our advantage. Why wouldn’t you want to come to Him in that case? Do not refuse this beautiful exchange. Jesus died on the cross so we would be set free and live a victorious life. Come, release your burden and find your rest in Him.
Lord Jesus, you know my situation and the burdens that are weighing me down. Help me. Please take the weight of my circumstances and give me rest. You alone are able to carry me through it. So, please show me the way. Amen.
What is your first response when you are tired, stressed, anxious or in a difficult situation? Learn to manage how you respond to stresses in life by being aware how you physically and mentally respond to them. When you see the signs, immediately go down on your knees in prayer and worship until you get your breakthrough. Don’t wait until you are worn out before you turn to God. He should be your first point of call for help.