So many people I have talked to recently (myself included at times) are defined by this word: OVERWHELMED.
Overwhelmed by work. Overwhelmed by no work.
Overwhelmed moms. Overwhelmed dads.
Overwhelmed by dating.
Overwhelmed by bills.
Overwhe—-literally as I am writing this my wife just came in and said we have a leak in our kitchen again! Ehh!
So what do you do about it?
Matthew 11:28-30 tells us, 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 (NIV).
Come to Me
Sometimes we hear verses like this and they seem so cliche. Look at the context of this passage. Jesus has a lot on his plate.
Jesus finds out his cousin is in prison.
Jesus cousin John the baptist questions who Jesus is
violent people have been raiding the Kingdom of heaven (His home)
Authorities calling Jesus a drunk among other things.
Jesus knows what it’s like to literally have the world against Him, yet He remained connected to His Father. He calls us to come to Him. This requires action. We have to make a decision to go to Him. Not just call on Him but go to be in His presence.
His promise is that He will give you rest.
WE NEED REST!
Go to Jesus and let Him give you the rest you need.
Notice Jesus doesn’t say, “Come to church.” Or “Go to counseling.” Or “Take a vacation.” All of these might be good things but what we need when we are overwhelmed is Jesus. Nothing else will satisfy your needs.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me
Jesus’ yoke is easy and His burden is light. He is not going to overwhelm you with the problems of this world. He is going to offer you the promises of the Kingdom. Yet, we easily rebel because we want to be in control. Instead of learning from Jesus and following His teachings on forgiveness, on lust, on life, and on how we treat each other—we follow the teachings that we learn in the latest magazines, TV shows, etc.
Is Jesus really your teacher? Do you look to His teachings for every problem in your life? It’s time that we take His yoke and learn from Him.
Realize that God is a Rock that is higher than our circumstances. His ways our always better than our ways. His plans are always better than our plans. So, we fix our eyes on the Rock that is higher than us. Lock eyes with your Father. Stay focused. Just like Peter when he was walking on the water, he had his eyes fixed on Jesus.