During His years of ministry, Jesus saw firsthand the religious burdens the Jewish leaders were placing upon the people. Moved by their condition, Jesus offered to relieve the people of these burdens if they would come to Him. In contrast to the harsh demands of a religious works system, Jesus described Himself as gentle. He invited the downhearted masses to “come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Are you weary of shouldering the heavy burdens that have resulted from trying to do things on your own, or from following after the will and advice of others? Has your self-reliance yielded less-than-satisfying results? Are your bold, assertive methods of handling life and people backfiring? Whatever the burden, Jesus offers relief as you exchange your methods of managing life for the ease that comes from yoking yourself with Jesus.
When yoked together with Him, you will enjoy the peace of mind dependence on Him brings to your heart. When you make this exchange and join up with Jesus, you will find rest for your soul and from life’s burdens. To walk through life with Jesus and to love and serve Him is no burden, for He is gentle and His load is light.
Question: Is this the portrayal of God that you have in your mind. Do you need to ask the Lord and search in scripture for the evidence of His love, not judgment, toward you?