When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer ~ Psalm 94:19
There are times in my life when I feel so weary that everything is too much. I don’t mean to the point of despair, but just that the everyday walk through life is just a drag. I’m not a social being, an out-there do as much as I can in one day person. Those people make me tired, and a little envious at times wishing that I could be more like them.
But I believe God makes each of us unique and moulds our lives as He has planned.
For many reasons throughout my life I have been a solitary person and I believe that although that is probably not what God intended, He is using it to His advantage for His kingdom. He does want me to be part of a church and socialise with other Christians, and I try very hard to do this, but it is a struggle for me. God’s purpose for my life does require a certain amount of solitary time.
Matthew 5:3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew Henry says of this verse : “Those who are ‘weary and heavy-laden’, are the poor in spirit, and they shall find rest with Christ.”
My daily strength is in knowing that God walks with me and goes before me always. I get to know Him more and more each day through reading His Word, even if it is only one verse that has captured my interest and that may apply to where I’m at with life. I have spent a lot of time reading books written by outstanding men and women of God. They inform me and encourage me in my walk with Him. Although this year I am focused on reading not only my Bible, but some Joyce Meyer and a beautiful book on Proverbs by Marilyn Hickey that has gorgeous pictures to colour. Walking with Jesus has changed my life. I know I would not be here now if it was not for God’s intervention in my life.
Recently, through reading one of these books, I learned something in regards to Matthew 11:28-30.
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.
When oxen worked they were usually doubly yoked. A strong or lead ox would take the larger side and the younger, weaker ox the opposite side. As they worked, the weaker ox would plough or track with the stronger ox, which bore the main part of the load.
When we are yoked with Christ, the burden is light because He is pulling the weight and making the way as the strong one. How beautiful is that!