Today’s bible study is Matthew 11:28: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
This is one of the most beautiful and meaningful verses in the bible. The Lord simply says, ‘Come to me.’ He asks for nothing. His arms are open and He waits for us to come. That alone is an extremely comforting feeling, just knowing that all we need do is come to Him. And God doesn’t work an eight hour day as many of us do. God is aware of His children constantly, never shirking, never sleeping, and never letting us stray too far away from the path. God, in His omniscience, is aware of the cares and worries that each of us bears. He knows the frustrations of our days and the weight of our burdens. He is aware of how much we do, how hard we try and how overtired we become.
How often do we feel heavy laden? We tend to be tired people. We have burdens of responsibility, both at home and at work. We have to push ourselves to produce, to succeed and to advance. We set unreasonable expectations for ourselves and push ourselves to attain them. Those of us who are parents, especially with small children, know how tired and heavy laden we often become in the course of a hectic and trying day. We carry the burdens of our families, our jobs, our health and our politics. We are ever reminded of disasters in our world, such as the recent flood that destroyed so much in Columbia, our troops who are still in harm’s way, and the millions of Americans who are unemployed or underemployed. Too many of us have no savings or retirement security and are only a few paychecks away from hunger or foreclosure. It is no wonder that we feel tired and heavy laden.
In spite of our weariness, all we need do is turn to the Lord and He will give us rest. The rest will come over us like the softness of a downy cloak. It will not drastically change our lives and make all our problems miraculously dissolve, but it will cover us with an inner peace and calmness that comes from turning to the Lord. Our heavy burdens will seem lighter, our load easier to carry and our troubles less cumbersome to bear. With Jesus, we will surely find rest and peace. We will find that sacred solace of the soul, the silence of eternity, the tranquilizing effect of meditative spirituality, and we will find rest. Put down some of your burdens today and allow yourself to take a break from criticism, worry, multi-tasking and driving yourself. Allow yourself to find rest in the Lord. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series