Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
When you go through a difficult situation in your life, do you run to Jesus for rest? When you are weary and tossed back and forth, do you take upon His yoke? When farmers want to train an inexperienced ox for ploughing the field, they tie the inexperienced ox along with the experienced one with a yolk on their necks. The experienced ox trains the inexperienced one. If we are yoked with Jesus, if we have good fellowship with Him more than anyone, He will give us rest. His yoke is easy and His burden is light for us to carry. Many people seek to find rest by indulging in drugs, eating, unhealthy relationships, relying on self-help books, or taking vacations to forget their misery. Some believers consult their pastors for an answer to their problems. They may rely too much on pastors who are also human. The Bible says, “There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim. 2:5). Jesus is the only answer to your prayers. The pastor can pray for you, but he isn’t the answer to your problems.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass” (Ps. 37:7). King Ahab told his wife Jezebel that prophet Elijah had killed the prophets who served Baal. Jezebel swore to kill prophet Elijah. Elijah ran for his life and was ultimately tired from running. He asked God to take his life because he had had enough. God provided Elijah with baked food and jar of water through His angel (1 Kings 19:1-7). God gives rest to His people. When the Israelites were moving through the wilderness, His presence went before the people and He gave them rest (Exod. 33:14).
By sacrificing our carnal self, we can take up the yoke with Jesus and walk with Him. Jesus expects us to learn gentleness and humility from Him to get rest. Only by having a personal relationship with Jesus can we find rest to our souls. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).