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Life’s burdens can drain us dry.  These words might sound familiar, but they are true.  I have said on more than one occasion that trouble, heartache and pain can wear you down.  You can be exhausted and find yourself depleted of inner strength, but thanks be unto God, we a find rest in Him, we can be renewed in Him, and we can be refreshed in Him.  Let me also repeat something I’ve also said numerous times, if you have never felt exhausted from life’s problems, just keep on living.  The time will come when you will need to be renewed by the Lord.  Our God is always ready to renew us, to revive us, and to give us the rest we need.  The scripture reference for this devotion is found in the Gospel of Matthew 11:28, and reads in this manner:

“Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

What a gracious invitation.  Jesus the master teacher addresses those who labor, do the works of the Lord and are heavy burdened.  They feel the burden which the scribes have put on them.  He goes on to say to them in verse 29, “Take my yoke upon you and hear from me for I am gentle ad humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  The people were already wearing a yoke, the yoke of the law, but the master says, “My yoke is easy, and the burden is light”. In far too many cases, God’s people are carrying the heavy yoke of burdens and pain, but we have been invited to take His yoke and find rest, fulfillment, joy, and peace in the yoke of Christ. We can let go of our heavy burdens and rest our souls.  Countless are grateful today that they have found Him to be a burden bearer, heart fixer, and mind regulator.  They have found the rest that they need.  Prayerfully you have as well.