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It’s no wonder we are tired and heavy laden

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Today’s bible study is from the Gospel of Matthew 11:28: Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

This is one of the most beautiful and meaningful verses in the bible. The Lord simply says, “Come to me.” He asks for nothing. His arms are open and He waits for us to come. That alone is an extremely comforting feeling, just knowing that all we need do is come to Him. And God doesn’t work an eight hour day as many of us do. God is aware of His children constantly, never shirking, never sleeping, and never letting us stray too far away.

And how often do we feel heavy laden? We are tired people. We have burdens of responsibility, both at home and at work. We have to push ourselves to produce, to succeed and to advance. Those of us who are parents, especially of small children, know how tired and heavy laden we often become in the course of a troubling and trying day.

We carry the burdens of our families, our jobs, our health, our politics and disasters in our world. It is no wonder that we feel tired and heavy laden!

Yet, all we need do is come to the Lord and He will give us rest. The rest will come over us like the softness of a downy cloak. It will not drastically change our lives and make all our problems miraculously dissolve, but it will cover us with an inner peace and calmness that comes from turning to the Lord. Our heavy burdens will seem lighter, our load easier to carry and our troubles less cumbersome to bear. With Jesus, we will surely find rest and peace. We will find that sacred rest of the soul, the silence of eternity, the tranquilizing effect of meditative spirituality, and we will find rest.

References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.

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