Good Morning August 16

I hope you rested well last night. A good night’s sleep is important for the energy of the day. There is a more important rest, however, necessary for all of us. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11:28) We are weary and burdened people. As a pastor I know many of the personal burdens my people carry, and I know the ones I carry. Life is not easy. There are few things exactly the way we would like them to be, and most we can’t change. But there is a rest we can have in our trust of the Lord. Jesus’ invitation continues, “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.”(vs.29) A yoke joins two work animals together. In this case, when we are yoked to Jesus, He takes the major share of the burden. He will never leave or forsake us. We can put our trust in Him. We don’t know the outcome for any of our burdens, but He loves the ones for whom we care even more than we do. He hears our prayers, and can be trusted with all of our needs. We find our rest in Him.