Tired and Worn

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, October 03, 2019

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Many people are feeling tired and worn physically and emotionally. Some are tired from their post-summer hiatus, where they were able to get away from their daily toil to get some rest. However, now that school is in full session and summer is long gone, they are feeling tired and worn. Others are tired and worn from chemotherapy, or from looking for employment, or from battling loneliness.

When my alarm clock rang this morning, I struggled to get out of bed. I felt tired and worn. However, I knew that I could not stay in bed because I had a God-given mission to accomplish. Therefore, I asked the Lord to put his strength in my weakness and give me rest in my soul even if I couldn’t have rest from my daily toils.

We should not feel guilty for feeling tired and worn. Numerous people are tired and worn because of their emotional struggles in different relationships, or with their children, or with an addiction. It is essential to acknowledge when we are tired and worn, so we can seek rest.

In today’s text, Jesus invites us to come to him when we are tired and worn so we can find rest. This is not an invitation to stop working. It does not guarantee that we will not go through the vicissitudes of life. The text is not telling us that we will not suffer or experience hardships.

Jesus offers rest from worrying about things we cannot control. He offers rest from the burden of dealing with things that overwhelm us, or the people who hurt us, or the situations that frustrate us. Jesus may not take away our immediate pain, but he will give us divine strength to endure and overcome the temptation to become bitter and resentful, thus losing our God-given joy.

The rest that Jesus offers allows us to keep pressing toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). To the single mothers or fathers who have to work outside the home and then come home to care for school-age children, Jesus offers you rest. Business owners who work seven days a week and are the first to come in and the last to leave, Jesus offers rest.

How does Jesus provide that rest? He gives us unfettered access to his throne of grace through prayer so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16). Jesus also invites us to take his yoke and learn from him. In other words, we do not always have to have a solution. Nor should we allow our soul to be embittered and enraged by the things that happen to us. Instead, we have to give our burden to the Lord and trust that everything will work out for our good.

The rest of Jesus is a state of consciousness that lets us know though we may be in crisis; we are not Christ-less. It is spiritual confidence given to us when we cannot see our way forward, so we can wait for God to renew and restore us. The rest of Jesus gives us hope when despair wants to terrorize our souls. It helps us to say it is well with our soul when we have to deal with the sickness or death of loved ones.

To my brothers and sisters that are battling depression and struggling with suicidal tendencies, I encourage you to come to Jesus so you can find rest. Covet the prayers of the people in your church or family, and let God know you need him to give you rest. If you are weary from working too many hours, or haven’t had a vacation in over a year, or tired and worn from driving the kids to soccer, or volleyball, or ballet, or baseball, or basketball, ask God to give you rest. Perhaps he will direct you to a connection group that can support and encourage you.

The book of Genesis tells us that God rested on the seventh day. That rest is called the Sabbath. Then God made that rest a commandment for all to observe. God does not want us to live in a constant state of tiredness. He offers us his peace. However, we must trust him and have a relationship of loving union with him to experience his rest.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help those who are weary and burdened with life and feel too worn to keep going.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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