Daily Delight

Saturday, March 19, 2016

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. -Matthew 11:30 (NIV)

I have taught myself to lead a restless life, but yet, I worry about the things that take away my ability to rest. No wonder my heart, mind, and body are so tired.

In Matthew 11:25, Jesus is praying to God, thanking his Father because He has hidden His presence from the wise and revealed himself to "little children." At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do." (11:25-26, NIV)

The "wise and learned" seems to refer to anyone who rejected Jesus and his message, the Word of God. Many religious leaders at the time, such as the Pharisees, were rebuked by Jesus because they were hypocritical and self-righteous in their teachings. The "little children" were those who had God's favor and the ones who Jesus called "blessed" (5:3-12). These are the sick and the sinners, the weak and the lame, the lepers and the tax collectors. These were the people who came to Jesus for healing and comfort - the infants, the children of God.
Jesus' prayer then turns to invitation.
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. - Matthew11:28-30 (NIV)

A yoke is a heavy tool, made from wood, that is used to strap on the back of an ox or oxen so that they could be harnessed to a piece of equipment to be pulled, for the purpose of hauling goods. Jesus asks us desperately to put his yoke upon us, and though as daunting as that sounds, he promises us rest - physical rest, spiritual rest, and mental rest. But he does not promise the end of all work and labor. He actually asks us boldly to work for him, if only to have sweet, childlike faith.

Only Jesus' yoke is strapped to someone with more pulling power than me - a mighty, unchanging, All Powerful God.
My God is strong, generous, and faithful. Even when I am weary.


About the Author

Brandi Olmos≫ ≫ Brandi, 23, is a nomadic military wife and mama to two little boys, currently residing in Dayton, Ohio. She can normally be found in the middle of a good book, behind the lens of her camera, or in front of a large bowl of spaghetti. With a degree in history, she awakened her love of writing through researching the past. Above all, she believes in passionate pursuits, vulnerable faith, agape love, and the power of grace and forgiveness through her Heavenly Father. You can follow her thoughts and adventures at brandiolmos.com.


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