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The Lord Will Give You Rest

Anchor Devotional - 09.04.13


"Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken."
(PSALM 55:22)

Matthew 11:28-30

Being on a church’s prayer list often means getting dramatic weekly reminders of sin and death. I am on two churches’ prayer lists, and one of those churches just experienced an unspeakable, relentless year of tragedy. The agony has been crushing. Even the opportunities for giving meals, cards, prayer, and visiting were at times overwhelming.

When the suffering of this world seems to drown us in the depths of the sea, Jesus instructs us to trade our yoke for His. We are to trade our burden of being unable to wholly comfort those who are suffering for His burden, which is simple: acknowledge Him as Lord of our lives and trust in His sovereignty. This is not to say that we shouldn’t actively love those who suffer. But know that where we will inevitably fail, God will provide in abundance. The suffering of this world is too much for a sole sinner to carry. The only person that could do that is Jesus. And He did carry it on the cross. Let’s turn to Jesus, pray for those in need, and trust in His goodness.

Scripture Focus

Matthew 11:28-30

Insight

WHEN THE WORLD'S BURDENS ARE TOO MUCH, IT'S BECAUSE WE ARE TRYING TO CARRY THEM OURSELVES. GIVE YOUR SORROWS UP
TO HIM.

Read the Bible

  • Ecclesiastes 5-6
  • Psalm 65
  • John 5