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Jesus makes a promise of a restful soul to us who feel fatigued (19)

The idea of rest is fictional to so many of us.

Anxiety in world is at an all-time high.

With natural calamities, political and civil unrest not to mention the grind of daily living, where can we find rest?

Jesus makes the following promise

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.

Jesus

All you who are weary and burdened

Jesus gives us a perfect picture of life under too much stress, where fatigue sets in.

Humans aren’t created to be creatures of perpetual stress. Nor are we meant to endure non stop brain chatter and the emotional roller coaster of unchecked feelings.

Fatigue is that feeling where we have no more fuel in the tank.

Fatigue turns the nicest people into monsters.

Fatigue screams disaster at every turn.

Fatigue births self pity out of seemingly nothing.

Taking on too much has a short timeline for every person on the planet. In ancient times, they burdened slaves with more than they could handle and most died prematurely. All this mattered not to the taskmasters, slaves were nothing but fodder.

You are not fodder

When we find ourselves feeling fatigued, we must ask the question, why?

Who’s chasing you?

What do you think will happen if you slow down?

When will you take time out to recoup and rethink the way you do life?

Otherwise like the ancient slaves you might die prematurely.

What are you willing to give up in exchange for your soul’s rest?

When Jesus makes the promise of rest, he wasn’t offering us a life of laziness and idleness. Jesus wanted us to exchange our weaknesses for His strength.

Busyness isn’t necessarily effectiveness.

Imagine being even more effective and less busy, how?

Stop idolising accomplishment and honour God with your thoughts, attitudes and actions. By doing this, you allow a whole lot of God’s favour into your life to influence others to succeed.

Joseph was the perfect example of a life submitted to God in a world that was bound by slavery. Joseph had incredible favour even as a slave yet never became subservient to his masters. Joseph became a servant of all and subservient to no one.

Joseph ends up running a household, a prison system, a whole country yet he still held his composure as one favoured by God.

Jesus encourages us to take on His yoke. His yoke is gentle and purposeful perfectly designed for you to live a full life.

A yoke is a picture of work and effort and the one Jesus gives us is meant to facilitate us not burden us to exhaustion.

Is it time to surrender the yoke of worldly slavery that is relentless in its never ending quest for Peace without discovering it.

Perhaps it’s time to yield to the yoke of our creator who equips us with His power and glory to live a life that brings hope to the world.

With God expect the oddest blessings. Resting posts along the way to enjoy the journey of life not just endure it.