Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We get weighed down when we try to endure burdens in our own strength. Instead of being self-sufficient, we would do well to become God-dependent. If we place our trust in Jesus and learn from Him (through prayer and Bible study), He promises to give us relief from our afflictions and refreshment for our souls. Real rest is found in being a disciple of Jesus.
Luke 15:3-7 (KJV)
And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
Would you leave 99% of your flock to go after one sheep who got lost? To many, this would seem counterproductive. Leaving your entire flock unattended to recover just one sheep would seem to be a risky proposition. However, to the shepherd who cares for each and every one of his sheep, he is delighted when one lost sheep is brought back into the fold.
Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd, is concerned with the welfare of all of His people. He finds us when we get lost, restores us when we go off track and rejoices when we repent of our sins.
When we make the Lord ruler over our lives, His provision and protection are continually with us. We are safe and secure under the care of the Good Shepherd.
Mark 16:6 (NIV)
“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.
Proverbs 25:25 (NIV)
Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land.
Mark 16:14-16 (NIV)
Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
For many years, I have participated in athletics. I played basketball, soccer and studied karate. As I got older, running up and down the playing field got harder and harder. Sometimes, after just a few minutes of play, I would be in dire need of water. After expending so much energy on the playing field, a drink of water supplied my body with great satisfaction.
Scripture tells us that good news from a far away place provides refreshment similar to that which cold water brings to someone who is thirsty. Christians have access to good news that is life changing. The Good News of Jesus Christ furnishes the best refreshment for a weary soul.
When we are exhausted by the difficulties of life, we can find relief in the Word of God. The Word of God nurtures, comforts and saves. Through prayer and fellowship with God, we take delivery of God’s good news.