Burdened, Tired, and Weary (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 62)
Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
We don’t have to look far to see that much of the world is burdened with cares too big for them to bear, tired from the everyday rat race and hustle, and weary from trying to do too much on its own. Ask the average person how they are doing, and the common answer you will hear is busy. They’re busy to the point of extreme fatigue, unable to carry on.
This extreme busyness and tiredness leads to suffering in almost every area. Our relationships struggle to be meaningful and fulfilling. Our family breaks down and falls apart while trying to help us manage our stressful lives. Our health and wellbeing gets ignored until it’s an emergency. And all of this happens because we are simply too tired and too worried about everything to take care of anything well.
Tiredness to the point of exhaustion isn’t just a pandemic of our generation, it was the same way for people in Jesus’ time. This is why Jesus had to give such a clarion clear message to them. He wanted them to stop worrying and stop trying to live in their own power. He wanted them to be free from the cares of the world and from the fatigue that life brings sometimes. Jesus wanted them to be able to rest, not just sleep at night, but have deep rest for their souls and peace of mind.
He wants the same things for us. We don’t live in an agrarian age and could possibly blame our lack of calmness and quietness on the constant connections we have around us. But it doesn’t matter who we are, what we do, or where we come from, we all need more than sleep and rest for our bodies. We need deep, abiding peace and rest for our souls and our minds. We find that in Jesus. He has no worries, no cares, never gets burdened or tired because He has the whole world in His hands. If He can care for the entire world, it is quite possible that He can care for you and me. Give Him your weariness and worry and let Him give you His peace and rest.
“I have held many things in my hands, and have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.”
— Martin Luther