“All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. 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.” Matthew 11:27-29
What makes you weary? What do you struggle with? We live in a world wrought with sin. People become sick and die. Fathers abandon their wives and children. The rich oppress the poor. People love things and use people. Addictions can take hold of a person and change who they are. The innocent are punished in place of the guilty. Sickness, disease, and famine afflict a land. Our hearts are broken by those close to us and far away from us. So, I ask again: What makes you weary?
Are you wrestling with the guilt of some sin in the past? Are you not able to forgive yourself? Are you wrestling with a sin that has a grip on your life right now? Have you hurt someone or has someone hurt you? Are you bearing the consequences of someone else’s sin? Do you ever find yourself not able to sleep at night? Is it you that’s sick? Are you bearing the burden of some permanent physical impairment?
We all have to face tremendous struggle in this life. Sometimes, we have to face more than we’re capable of handling. It’s in these times, the words of Jesus in Matthew can either make or break us.
How many of us have ever felt the way this man has? You can have everything your heart desires and still not be satisfied with this life. That’s why suicide is so common among the wealthy. Of course, it’s not limited to them. People that are young, beautiful, and full of potential do it too. There are people among us that throw away our lives. We just give up in the face of adversity. It seems as if there is no real rest. There’s no hope. Things will only continue to get worse. For those of us that go down this unfortunate path, it’s here that we’re broken by the words of Christ, because we don’t heed Him.
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For in Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life has set you free from the law of sin and death. – Romans 8:1-2
For those of us that do come to Him, we have these words of assurance. If you cast your burdens on Him, you will find rest. Let no one coddle you with sugar coated lips. The struggle won’t end until we meet up with Him again, but the hope and spirit within is what fundamentally changes our reactions to very same struggles we came to Him with. Suddenly, meaning and purpose is given to our circumstances. Love covers a multitude of sins.
There can be love in the place of pain, love in the place of sorrow, love in the place of hatred, love in the place of addiction, and so forth. There’s no need to bury your pain. There’s no need to throw your life away. There’s no need to wrestle with guilt. All who come to Christ will have their bondage taken. That’s His promise to His sheep that have not entered His flock yet and that’s His reminder to those of us that have wandered away. Be set free to live free. Come all you weary.