“Stay Connected" - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - by Dianne Prince
Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (NKJV)
The world is full of burdened people who are trying to make it. The world is full of people filled with frustrations—those who have suffered defeat but want to be winners, outsiders who want to be insiders, and those who have been knocked down and want to get up. There are so many who have been beaten down by the cares of this present life. There are so many who are burdened by life's heavy load. There are so many who need help right now. They are searching for answers, searching for solutions, and searching for hope—and hoping to find a way out of a difficult and distressing situation.
For the Christian, God has provided a means for relief from the cares of life. For the Christian, Jesus always knows where you are and He always knows what you're going through. He always knows how hard you're trying. He always sees your tears and He always hears your cry. In the midst of life's grief and dangers God has made provisions for you to cast your cares upon Jesus. How? He always says, "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me". Matthew 11:29 (NKJV) The Message Bible says, “Keep company with Jesus and you will learn to live freely and lightly.”
A yoke is a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to a plow or cart that the animals are to pull. In our scripture today, Jesus is telling you 1) He owns the yoke. He is the strength that controls the yoke and it is through His strength alone that the yoke moves forward. 2) The cart being pulled goes down the road pre-destined by Jesus for it to go. 3) When you connect yourself to Jesus’ yoke, you no longer have to bear the burden of the load you are carrying. The burden shifts completely to Him because He is the burden bearer. And, 4) by being connected to His yoke, Jesus controls your destination and He keeps you on the right road as He moves you closer to your destiny.
Attach yourself to Jesus. Hook up to Him and don't let go. Hold on tight, no matter how wild and crazy the ride may seem, no matter how thick the wilderness may get, and no matter how dark the road. Jesus is saying, "When all hope is gone, stay connected.” Even when you feel like giving up, hang on.
The world wants you to give up. Jobs shut down. Sickness sets in. Children walk away. Husbands run off and leave you because the grass looks greener in somebody else's yard. Wives abandon you. Trouble gathers all around you. The forces of evil are determined to turn you around. The fiery darts of the wicked are coming at you, trying to bring you down. Nevertheless, cling to what God promised you. Clutch His mighty hand. Adhere to Him at all cost. Hold on. Jesus says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 (KJV)
No matter what is going on in your life, no matter how empty you might feel, you can find peace in Jesus. You can find rest in Him. In Jesus, you can find refuge from the cares of this world "casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you." No matter how torn down you might be, how alone, or how afraid you might feel, Jesus stands waiting with his arms open wide—waiting to be a hiding place, a refuge in trouble, and a shelter in the time of storm. Jesus is saying to you today, "Connect with me. Come unto me, and bring all your burdens with you." Lay your problems at His feet. Cast them upon His shoulders. He is willing, ready and able. And, Jesus can handle it.
Additional daily inspirations are available in the book Stronger and Wiser by Dianne Prince.