“‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’” –Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
We were not built to be overworked. The very fact that a variety of health problems can be traced to having too much physical and mental stress in our lives shows our inability to truly cope with the pressures we face in this world. Our frail human bodies have their limitations and there is only so much we can bear by ourselves. Yet perhaps out of pride or not knowing of any other way, we try to do everything by our own strength and willpower. However, when we reach the breaking point and our limitations become apparent to us, we are drained physically and shattered mentally. In our broken state we seek restoration and healing, but never finding that which will grant us these. Thus, we continue on in our misery, existing but not living.
God knows that because of Adam’s disobedience and the subsequent entry of sin into the world, we are forced to bear a load that we cannot possibly carry on our own. In addition, because of our own deliberate choice to indulge in sin, we have separated ourselves from God and our relationship with Him has been severed by our actions. But living apart from Him in this fallen world is a painful and arduous existence. Weary of the world around us and our circumstances, we want to have that strength which will help us to not just simply exist, but to live. Such strength can only come from being in relationship with Christ. When we have allowed Him to enter our hearts and cleanse us of our sin, He will restore and strengthen us. Like water to a parched soul He will refresh and renew our spirits. Through Christ we are reconciled with God and in Him we can rest in the promise that He will preserve all who call upon Him and that we have victory through Him who has conquered all.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.