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  • Writer's pictureGracie Berney

Hopeful Promises

Updated: Feb 1, 2022

God doesn’t force help on us; instead He simply asks us to bring our heavy burdens to Him so that in turn, He will give us rest. -GB

Hi friend, welcome to another post. I trust you have been diving into the Word of God this past week. After all, it’s the only true place to find comfort and direction for the current times.


I don’t mean to keep reminding you of what’s happening in the world, in fact, if I could, I’d wouldn’t even mention it; but the truth is; it's a sad reality we all have to face. Between the pandemic, natural disasters, and even climate changes, I’ve heard several people asking where is God in all of this? This question further lends itself to another question: if God is sovereign, why does He allow bad things to happen?

Honestly, these are questions I’ve asked as well until I started to study more about the character of God. And perhaps you've asked these questions too.

You see, the problem of pain is one that dates back to the beginning after man sinned. It entered the world after the fall and has continued to cause havoc among humanity. The sovereignty of God (on the other hand), just let’s us know that He us in control no matter what’s happening.


Matthew 11:28-30 are verses that can offset our questions and provide hope to cling to in the midst of all the chaos happening right now.

Jesus speaks and says “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.“ KJV‬‬

First of all, the beginning of the verse indicates that God is well aware of what’s going on. To be specific and personal, God is familiar with all of the dark and painful moments of life; but He is still in control despite what the enemy might be trying to do or saying to you.

3 things He is saying through our text and can be applied to us includes:

1. He wants to give you rest.

With everything going on right now, rest is probably the farthest thing in some of your minds.

However, God wants us to bring our problems to Him. He doesn’t force help on us; instead He simply asks us to bring our heavy burdens to Him so that in turn, He will give us rest. Peaceful, wonderful rest. Isn’t that amazing?


2. He wants us to learn from Him

While I hope to teach and inspire others, the one person that I pray you really learn from is Jesus (which is why these posts always point you to Him).

After all, He is who I’m learning from. And in the text, He is offering us His yoke and asking us to learn from Him. Learn how to be meek and humble/lowly in heart. Imagine a world where we treated each other with meekness and humility, there would be no need for negative news.


3. His burden is lighter

While Jesus is willing to take away our pain, anxiety, struggles…. He does give us a much lighter burden to bear which I believe is telling others about the last three things I just shared with you. The burden of sharing this good news is hardly a burden at all. Sharing the gospel so that other people can be transformed and inspired is simple.


Conclusion While the problem of pain will never be resolved in this life, we still have hope for a restful life in Jesus; the promise of a true and faithful teacher and the exchange of a burden that will prompt us to share this Hope with others.


As much as I’d like to tell you everything is going to be okay with this world, I can’t because that wouldn’t be true. The only hope we have is a place beyond this one. A place with no pain or hurt and one that’s currently being prepared for us. In the meantime, I pray that we heed the three things Jesus is trying to say to us and also tell others about it.



Challenge

Meditate on Matthew 11:28-30 this week


Stay Blessed,

G


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