If you are currently a Christian can you remember back to what your life was like before you met the Lord? Do you remember the burdens that you had to carry or what it was like to be consumed by the negative things in life? For all too many people this scenario represents their everyday life. They don’t have the confidence in knowing that everything will be alright because they do not know the Lord. The life that we are privileged to live as Christians is a life of joy and safety because we have said yes to Jesus. Don’t get me wrong there will be strife, times of pain, times of fear and agony, but when we focus on God it all melts away. Philippians 4:6-7 says “do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Those who are living outside of the will of God and those who do not yet know the Lord do not understand this, but Jesus is calling us into a relationship with him where He wants to teach us the way of the Father. He invites us saying “come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”(Mt.11:28-30). We are not just called to Him though, we are also called to learn from Him. Jesus tells us that we are to take His yoke and learn from Him and through that action we will find rest for our souls (11:29-30).
A friend of mine recently passed who knew the Lord, but had not quite fully learned to understand how people could be joyful even in times of hardship and trial, but he was learning and growing and it was life changing. It really is a miracle when you think about it that we could have joy in times of hardship. Things are different though when you know that your life is not in your hands, but is in the hands of the creator of the universe who knows every single detail about you including the number of hairs on your head (Mt. 10:30) because He created you in His likeness (Gen. 1:27) and loves you immensely.
So bring your burdens and your weariness to Him and receive the rest today that He has promised. Learn to live a life of prayer and petition, always giving thanks, and He will give you your peace and rest that you desire. If you do not yet know the Lord as your Savior I invite you to consider how your life might look if you decided to do that today. Romans 10:9 says that “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” If you have just made a decision to follow Jesus today I would love to pray for you and to celebrate with you along with all the angels in heaven.