Yoke bearing and stillness

Matthew 11:28-30
“Come to me, all 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.”

Psalm 46
1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

God is a constant being of apparent contradictions. He is both full of mercy and judgment. He is both all-powerful and humble. He is both invisible and everywhere.

The Christian life, as well, is full of these same apparent contradictions. We are to both work for the Lord with all our hearts and to wait patiently upon Him.

But as I see it, this is where the greatness of God leaps out at us. As we humble ourselves, as we cast all our cares on Him, as we take His yoke upon us, this is where we find rest for our souls. This is where we are still and know that He is God and that we are not.

Sisters, my right elbow/arm/hand is really acting up and I am trying to figure out how I am going to be able to “keep at it.” How am I supposed to keep typing, writing, driving, cooking, phone talking, cleaning, and disciplining with only my left arm?

And this is where God grabs me. This is where the rubber meets the road. Is He sufficient? Is His strength made perfect in my weakness? Will I be still and know that He is God? Will I be thankful for two working legs and a working left arm?

This is where the choice is made. I have to choose to take up His yoke, to cast my cares on Him, to humble myself, to make my requests known to Him.

Lord, thank You that You are the giver of rest and peace and life to the fullest. In my weakness is your strength made perfect. As I humble myself, I am exalted. Magnify Yourself in me. Father, I pray You would use this time of weakness to show Yourself mighty, both to me and to the world who is watching. Whether this is displayed in healing me in an amazing way or in blessing me with a gentle and humble spirit, please Lord work in me to exalt Yourself. Sustain me and my family by Your grace and love. Amen.

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