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. Mat. 11:28, 29
If you are alive and engaged with people and work in our world today, this invitation by Jesus to get some rest is sweet music to your ears. Strained relationships at home, work, and neighbors are daily headaches. Stress from the fast pace of life and the daily struggles to meet the obligations we or others impose on us leads to emotional and mental breakdowns. Sadly, we are ignoring Jesus’ offer of inner rest, peace, and health which could significantly impact our physical health. We pay doctors, psychologists, and counselors so much for temporary relief. Jesus offers much lasting relief at far less cost. The cost is to yield to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and do His will. But this is what we are unwilling to do – how we got ourselves into our problems in the first place. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1Pt. 5:7).