Vision with Clarity

Ps. 9:2

I will be glad and rejoice in you;

I will sing praise to your name, O most high.


David will be glad and rejoice and sing praises for what happens in verse 3-20… namely, God destroys all of David’s enemies and rescues his people from certain doom. David rejoices because he knows God will deliver him and his people. David is glad because he knows the sadness at this present moment is not one that will last, but will be overtaken by joy and gladness. David knows the afflicted will not perish. David knows the evil will not go unpunished. He knows God will be victorious, triumphant. He knows God will defeat all of the enemies of the good and righteous and he will lift up the head of his people and bring them home with him. God’s people will be the victory march, the triumphant parade at the conclusion of the battle. Despite all of the terrible swirling around David, he was able to see with clarity the future ahead of him.

Why is it so hard for me? Why is it so easy to get bogged down by the garbage surrounding our daily life? Why is it so hard to see the future outcome of God sitting on his throne being absolutely victorious over all his foes? Why is is hard to visualize evil being struck down and cast into the abyss? Why is it difficult to see the future where the throne of God is visible by all of creation and there is no weeping or sadness?

This is a future we all long for desperately, yet we fear hoping in something like this on the off chance it never comes true. On the chance that God isn’t who he says he is.

The book of Revelation is one human’s attempt to explain and describe the awesome, beyond description scene he saw in heaven. John was given a vision of heaven and he describes it for us in all its glory and majesty. he describes terribly frightening scenes of utter destruction of evil. He describes scenes beyond our ability to understand of glorious beauty with God at the center.

Why is it so hard to live life with end in mind? The same reason it is hard to finish a marathon. At some point we hit ‘the wall.’ The place where you think, this is the end. I can’t go any further. For me, that was at mile 23. We think the pain is too great, the outcome isn’t worth it and that it will be ok to just give up now.

Sure, its ok. If you don’t want to participate in the party at the end!

Paul reminds us to finish the race. To keep our minds set on the goal, the prize, the end. We must finish the race. Complete the course set before us. We must claim our prize at the end.

2 Corinthians 4:17 reminds us our troubles are light and momentary when compared to the eternal glory far outweighing them… which to troubles are actually working towards defining in us. So while the Bible doesn’t say, ‘this too shall pass’ we can know these troubles are not the end. We can be glad and rejoice in God and sing praise to his name, knowing he is going to utterly demolish and destroy our enemies.

Never-Ending Shopping List

Give me this, I want that, bless me Lord I pray. 

Grant me what i think I need to make it through the day.
Make me healthy, keep me wealthy, fill in what I miss
On my never-ending shopping list.
I will forever remember this song, I don’t know who wrote or even sang it first. I remember a good friend of the family singing this song somewhere along the way at a church sometime. This what prayer can feel like sometimes, right? 
A never-ending shopping list of things we want, things we feel we are owed or at the very least deserve. Jesus is not Santa Claus. Never has been, and I suspect he never will be. A few years ago, my boys made Christmas humorous for us as a family when they confessed they had prayed to Jesus to work with Santa to bring us a white Christmas. Coincidently, if we were to ever have a white Christmas at our house it would take a monumental miracle that could only come about if Jesus and Santa collaborated. I told them, living in Florida, a white Christmas is likely something we will never see.
I suppose it is possible your prayer time and prayer requests are holier than mine. Could be. But I bet even at times you miss the point of prayer too. We all do. Three reasons: we are human which leads to reason two, we are selfish which is caused by reason three, we are sinners. And we mess everything up… when left to ourselves. It’s kinda what we as humans do.
I’m not setting out here to give you a dissertation on prayer or specifically recite the various appropriate ways Scripture guides us to pray, for what and when and how and why. I simply want to confess to you, I suppose more than anything, I often don’t take full advantage of prayer in a way I should.
I have come to realize I pray way too small. 
I pray in such a way that doesn’t show I trust in a God much bigger than myself. I pray in such a way that doesn’t illustrate I believe God when he tells me to ask and I will receive. 
I don’t know this is terribly a big deal. I mean I have faith in God and trust him in and with my life. I live each day in service to him… so even if I don’t pray the biggest, most bold prayers I still am a follower of his. But it is a big deal because I have three young men God has entrusted to me to teach about him and to teach them how to trust him, to teach them how to be men after his heart. I owe it to them to pray bigger and to pray in a way that demonstrates I believe the almighty creator of the universe is listening to my prayers. Because he is!
Maybe the beginning is to spend more time in prayer myself. To spend more time getting to know my God. Maybe the first steps are to not treat prayer like a shopping list, but instead a relationship built on trust and love. I never want to hear Jesus say to me what he said to the church in Ephesus: ‘you have lost your first love.’ How heartbreaking it would be to hear Jesus say such a thing to you? I can’t imagine the ache inside my heart.
I never want to lose sight of my savior.
I never want to lose my first love.



Leadership lessons from Paul

Paul wrote a couple letters to the church in Corinth instructing them on the ins and outs of their faith. Paul came under heavy criticisms from this church, a church he labored long and hard with. Paul was attacked by false leaders who had come into the church after he planted and began to fill the heads of the Christ-followers there with misguided thoughts and beliefs. Paul was attacked by false leaders. Leaders who came to the church with less than reputable purposes. Paul’s ministry was attacked by these false leaders. They attempted to lead the Corinthian believers astray and discredit Paul in the process.

The false leaders attacked his character, his influence, his calling and his humility, claiming he was not called to lead. They claimed he was inadequate. They claimed he was not worthy of the task to lead the church he had planted. They called into question his integrity.

Paul countered with several arguments, the first of which was he compared being in ministry to a celebration ceremony of a king who has defeated his enemies. He connected the idea of the king who celebrates his victory with his life being used as a vessel to spread the Gospel message. As a king enters in celebration he has aromatic incense spread before him signifying life to those who have been victorious and death to those who were defeated. Paul says we are like the urn that spreads the incense. It is the message of life or death to those that hear it. Furthermore, as the urn we are not worthy to be in the celebration because we did nothing to celebrate except be the vessel that spreads good smells. None in reality are worthy to partake in the celebration and triumph. I think this leads us to an important piece of being a good leader. A good leaders needs to be  implicitly aware of their own insufficiency, being aware of their need for the grace of God.
Paul also responded by not abdicating his leadership. He didn’t back down from his assertion he was a leader. He realized people are fickle and sway easily when they hear lies from others about their leaders. He wasn’t willing to walk away from all his hard work and the people he built into for years. A little bit of hardship and difficulty weren’t going to be enough to sway him from his ministry to the Corinthians.
The critics asked for letters of recommendation, he claimed his credentials for leadership were the lives of the Corinthians. A leader’s influence is measured by the impact they have on the lives of those around them. Paul in effect said, I don’t need letters of recommendation because you know me. You have seen me, my life. You have seen the changes made in the life of the people around you because of the message of Christ they heard from me. Paul appealed to the changed lives and the impact he had on those around him as his letters of recommendation.
Paul was very sure about his calling. He never vacillated. Those who are unsure of their own vocation cannot possibly be effective leaders. Nothing is more debilitating than a leader who has self-doubt. When we question and doubt where God has placed us and the work he has set before. When we are certain of the mission and purpose God has set before us, we will view everything we do as a privilege and a part of accomplishing the purpose God has set before us. We have to have absolute confidence in what we are doing or else every trial, every hardship will threaten to derail you. I have been there before. I have lacked vision and clarity on where I was and what I was doing and every speed bump became a mountain.
We must have confidence in our calling, but at the same time understand there is nothing about us that makes us intrinsically adequate for the task God has called us to. Realizing our weaknesses and shortcomings allows us to rely on God for strength. God calls us to work for him not because of something we have a value for him, but he calls us for the work that he can do in us and through us. God makes us worthy of the calling he puts on our lives.

Photo by: John P. Nordin

Photo by: John P. Nordin

A Savior that knows…

Artwork by V-K-S

Artwork by V-K-S

Psalm 8:4 asks the question what is man, that you are mindful of him? Interestingly, as I read Hebrews 2 this morning I find the same question being asked. The Psalm reference is clearly messianic and the Hebrews reference supports this as it is found in a section describing how Jesus became like the creation in order to be in a position to perfectly offer us salvation. We needed a savior who had experienced everything it is to be human, while at the same time was able to keep himself unstained by the world… in other words sinless.

Philippians 2 tells us Christ emptied himself of some aspects of being God and became a human. He limited himself.

Why does a Savior who has experienced what we have experienced appeal to us? Why do we want a God we can relate to?

I think it is because we are community creatures. And this is an essential element founded in us by our creator. We are community creatures because our God and creator is a community. He is a triune God. Three distinct personalities comprising of one single God. An essential piece of being made in his likeness is the built-in desire to have community.

Misery loves company, but so does joy. Joy is much more potent or poignant when we share it with someone else. Love is difficult to accomplish alone, there has to be at least an object of love. I can attest from past experience being angry at myself is much less ‘rewarding’ than being angry at someone else. Our emotions require another person. They require community. This is how we were created. This is how God made us.

It is significant then, that he became like us before he died for us. It’s significant for several reasons. First, someone had to pay the penalty for our sins. It had to be someone who was human. Someone who had been asked to live within the confines of God’s law. Jesus was the expression of God’s willingness to allow himself to live within the confines of his creation. I don’t know that I can articulate the full ramifications of this played out, but God himself took on the form of a human and lived under the Law. Equally significant, is that he not only lived under the law, but he didn’t break the law. Jesus is the only human in history to have lived under the law and never broken any of it. Jesus lived a sinless life under the law. Of every human who has every lived on the planet in all of human history, he is the only one who was able to escape God’s righteous wrathful penalty for sin. Yet, he was the only who suffered that wrath. He took our place and stood in judgment instead of us. A third reason this is significant, is being a human living here on earth, he knows what it is to be us. He knows intimately the struggles of everyday life. He knows what to feels like be betrayed by a close friend. He knows what it feels like when friends die. To me John 11:35 is one of the most profound verse in all of scripture. We see Jesus having difficulty dealing with life on a specific day. He was overwhelmed by the circumstances of the day. He knows the hurt that comes with being lied to. He can feel the frustration that comes from the daily grind of doing the same thing over and over and over again. He knows what it is like to work hard, to sweat, to have a long day at work. Jesus knows every aspect of being human. He knows what it is like to walk in our shoes.

This makes it all the more sweet when he offers us rest, when he offers to carry our burden, and wants to take our yoke from us.

In a season of life where it feels like no one understands and the world is against us, there is comfort to be had in knowing we aren’t alone. Knowing God does know ho bad the hurt hurts. In my darkest hours, this has been the light in the darkness. This has been the only thing to comfort me at times. We read much later in Hebrews Jesus makes the statement, he will never leave us nor forsake us. Even in our darkest hours we aren’t alone.

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

coffee & donuts

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say, “Y OU ARE MY S ON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU “? And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM A ND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME “? And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP H M.” And of the angels He says, “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND H S MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.” But of the Son He says, “Y OUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. “YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU W ITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.” And, “YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN; AND THEY ALL WILL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT, AND LIKE A MANTLE Y OU WILL ROLL THEM UP; LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED. BUT YOU ARE THE SAME, AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END.” But to which of the angels has He ever said, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET “? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (‭Hebrews‬ ‭1‬:‭1-14‬ NASB)

Wow!!

My first thought is just wow. Awe and wonder at what I have just read. Of course, this passage is speaking primarily of Jesus and his role in the kingdom of God, but let’s do a little reading between the lines.

Scripture tells us we are sons and daughters, co-heirs with Jesus. If this is so, then our value to God is greater than that of the angels. Think about it for a minute. The writer of Hebrews goes at length to describe the higher place that has been given to jesus a higher place that we to some degree also hold as co-heirs with Jesus. God has never called an angel his child. But he has called us his children.  God did not die on the cross for any angels, but he did for us.

Ephesians says God has lavished his grace upon us. I don’t use the word lavished all that often, maybe you do. What it means is, God has ridiculously poured out his grace on us. He has so limitlessly dumped it out that it’s obnoxious. It’s crazy. It’s out of control. God shamelessly poured out his love by dying on the cross for the likes of us.

If the thought of God loving you that much doesn’t invoke a little bit of joy in you I’m not sure what will.

At it’s heart and essence, fighting for joy is a fight to find contentment and satisfaction in God. Not in things this world has to offer us.

Not coffee and donuts.

We all have some addition or false god that draws our attention and robs is of the joy that can only truly be found in Christ Jesus.

There are many things that draw my attention and focus away from God, but as trivial as this sounds coffee and donuts make that list. They are weak attempts to find satisfaction and joy in something other than God. When I feel anxious or as though I don’t have control of my life, rather than turning to God in prayer and supplication, I turn to coffee to help ca my fears.

At least it’s not cocaine, but it’s still unhealthy. It’s not whatGod intended.

It’s almost like I’m replaying the scene in the garden of Eden all over again. But instead of Adam and Eve it’s just me and I’m the one supplanting God on the throne of my life.

How do we overcome the barriers holding us back from firming joy in God? Focusing on the positive. Finding time for his word. Making the effort to communicate with God in prayer. Engaging with a community of believers who love us enough to challenge us forward.

Today we can find joy in God, if we look for it there. How are you going to find joy in God today?

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Coffee & Donuts

God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels did He ever say, “Y OU ARE MY S ON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU “? And again, “I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM A ND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME “? And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, “AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP H M.” And of the angels He says, “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND H S MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.” But of the Son He says, “Y OUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM. “YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU W ITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.” And, “YOU, LORD, IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS; THEY WILL PERISH, BUT YOU REMAIN; AND THEY ALL WILL BECOME OLD LIKE A GARMENT, AND LIKE A MANTLE Y OU WILL ROLL THEM UP; LIKE A GARMENT THEY WILL ALSO BE CHANGED. BUT YOU ARE THE SAME, AND YOUR YEARS WILL NOT COME TO AN END.” But to which of the angels has He ever said, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, UNTIL I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES A FOOTSTOOL FOR YOUR FEET “? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (‭Hebrews‬ ‭1‬:‭1-14‬ NASB)

Wow!!

My first thought is just wow. Awe and wonder at what I have just read. Of course, this passage is speaking primarily of Jesus and his role in the kingdom of God, but let’s do a little reading between the lines.

Scripture tells us we are sons and daughters, co-heirs with Jesus. If this is so, then our value to God is greater than that of the angels. Think about it for a minute. The writer of Hebrews goes at length to describe the higher place that has been given to jesus a higher place that we to some degree also hold as co-heirs with Jesus. God has never called an angel his child. But he has called us his children.  God did not die on the cross for any angels, but he did for us.

Ephesians says God has lavished his grace upon us. I don’t use the word lavished all that often, maybe you do. What it means is, God has ridiculously poured out his grace on us. He has so limitlessly dumped it out that it’s obnoxious. It’s crazy. It’s out of control. God shamelessly poured out his love by dying on the cross for the likes of us.

If the thought of God loving you that much doesn’t invoke a little bit of joy in you I’m not sure what will.

At it’s heart and essence, fighting for joy is a fight to find contentment and satisfaction in God. Not in things this world has to offer us.

Not coffee and donuts.

We all have some addition or false god that draws our attention and robs is of the joy that can only truly be found in Christ Jesus.

There are many things that draw my attention and focus away from God, but as trivial as this sounds coffee and donuts make that list. They are weak attempts to find satisfaction and joy in something other than God. When I feel anxious or as though I don’t have control of my life, rather than turning to God in prayer and supplication, I turn to coffee to help ca my fears.

At least it’s not cocaine, but it’s still unhealthy. It’s not whatGod intended.

It’s almost like I’m replaying the scene in the garden of Eden all over again. But instead of Adam and Eve it’s just me and I’m the one supplanting God on the throne of my life.

How do we overcome the barriers holding us back from firming joy in God? Focusing on the positive. Finding time for his word. Making the effort to communicate with God in prayer. Engaging with a community of believers who love us enough to challenge us forward.

Today we can find joy in God, if we look for it there. How are you going to find joy in God today?

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Savior, Rescuer and Protector

IMG_5728Yet another time where God coming to rescue me stands out amongst the verses of this psalm.
And why does he rescue me? Why does he save me? Because of his lovingkindness. Because of him. Because of who he is.
Not because of me.
I have nothing to do with it. He doesn’t save me because I deserve it. He doesn’t save me because I earned it.
He saves me because that’s who he is. He is savior. He is rescuer. He is redeemer.
The totality of the grand story of God entering human history as a baby who grew up as a man and ultimately died a criminal’s death on the cross, in my place for my sins I might add, can be fully understood by realizing God is love. He is the embodiment of love.
Everything he does is motivated by his love. Even his wrath. Even his judgment.
God rescues us because he loves us. He loves us more than we are able to fathom. Which, is pretty impressive because as a parent I love my kids a whole crap ton… but it doesn’t compare to how much God loves us.
Maybe it is just the message I need to hear in this season of my life or maybe it is pure coincidence. Either way, as I am reading the Psalms God’s prolific role as savior, rescuer and protector constantly pops up. I take great comfort from this, knowing the season of life my family is embarking is one where we will need to be reminded God is our savior, rescuer and protector.
Thank you LORD.
O LORD, rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness.

He receives my prayers: some thoughts on Psalm 6:9

IMG_6135This brief and seemingly unobtrusive statement is nestled in among comments on feeling overwhelmed by both sin in my life and enemies outside of me. Despite everything login on, the storms swirling around and the madness that is life, God hears us. Despite the sin that easily entangles us and trips us up, despite our self-reliance and lack of trust in God as the author and creative of life, God still hears us. He is listening. More than merely listening, he receives our prayers. He hears them and takes them in. He hears them and cuddles them close to his heart. He receives them.
This is significant.
During the tough times of life, it feels as though we are all alone. It feel like there is no one who gets it. No one who can fathom the depths we are in. Not true. Our savior knows. Our savior wants to help. Our savior hears our prayers and receives them. He takes them in. He holds them so he is able to answer them. Like a father who listens intently to his children desiring the best for them, he holds our prayers and answers them in such a way that only he can.
Reminds me oc Christmas. Ronda (my wife) is a great Christmas gift giver. I suck. She listens intently all year long at the numerous things I say I want/need along the way and will strategically pick a few things out of the multitude so at the end of the year, I get an awesome gift I have been wanting. She hears my gifts ideas and receives them into her heart and mind and waits to give them to me when it is appropriate. God is the same way. He listens, he receives and he gives when it is appropriate.
I know, there is much to say about what has been called unanswered prayers. I would argue there is no such thing, just a prayer we didn’t get the answer we wanted. Maybe God said wait, maybe he said no. Those prayers are still unanswered, just not in the ways we wanted. But this feels like a topic for another day.
The LORD has heard my supplication, The LORD receives my prayer. Psalm 6:9

The Path Ahead

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This morning as I am praying, meditating and listening to God verse 8 stands out in my mind as something I need to hear today: O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;  Make Your way straight before me. The second half fees particularly relevant to me as I am searching the path God is laying before me. My family is embarking on a new chapter in our journey right now. It has become clear to me the pastors at h2o church and I are not on the same page when it comes to leadership and overseeing splash. Through this discussion it has become evident to me, God is asking me to step away from my responsibilities there. This is scary for me. I am not sure what is coming next. In June I began working with a nonprofit in Kissimmee in child welfare. I enjoy this, but I also feel a calling to serve God in a local church. I am not sure what that will look like as we move forward. God is making his path straight before.
This current season of my life feels very transient and changing. I can’t place my finger on what or why, but I feel like a significant change is about to occur in the life of our family. It could just be the shift which is inherent in me stepping away from h2o (because this in and of itself is a big transition). It could be the follow up plans I have to begin working as a registered intern in addition to my work with Grace Landing (that nonprofit) I mentioned. I don’t know for sure what the path ahead looks like, but I am confident that God is laying it straight. I am saddened by the impending departure from h2o, but I am also peaceful about it because I know the timing is right. I know this is the next steps God is leading me to take.
If I look back on my life, there have been other times I have made similar decisions which were also scary at  the time, and also didn’t seem like there was a definite plan forward. Each of those times, God has shown up and proved himself reliable. Each time he has demonstrated he has made his paths before me straight.
My prayer today, and moving forward is that I will seek the wisdom of God daily. I will be patient and wait on him. I am praying I will be his servant and move forward in the ways he is leading. I really believe God is doing something unheard of or unexpected in the life of my family in the coming season. Whatever it is, it feels like it is going to be epic and I want to be a part of whatever it is.

Relief from My Distress

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Answer me when I call to you,  my righteous God.  Give me relief from my distress;  have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
Psalm 4:1
Give me relief from my distress. This really stands out to me today. For some reason I feel distressed today. I have committed to stop drinking coffee (again). In the last 12 days or so I have had coffee three times and two of them have been times I have felt stressed and as though I need a release from said stress.. Today is one of those days. I am not sure if I could quantify why it is, but I feel pressure today. I feel pressure for work, I feel pressure for church, I feel pressure for home, I feel pressure for personal life, I feel pressure everywhere. It is in a moment as this, I find myself wanting to be a part of a small group of men with whom I can find confidence and community. Not really an accountability group or mentoring one… just something where I can hang out and we can do life together, as cliche as that sounds/is. It feels as thought the pressure I feel could have some release if I had a community like this to engage in. But this has little to do with the pressure specifically, or how I may find release of it in God.
Why should I feel distress? Am I holding back from giving something to God that he can handle and relieve the distress from me. At this moment, my mind wanders to Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” It’s almost as if he knew his children would feel pressure, feel the weight of life and feel the need for rest. It’s almost as though he has felt this same pressure, this same need for release, this same heavy burden of life. Therein lies the need for a Savior who was human just like me, a Savior who has experienced exactly what I experience, a Savior who has walked in my shoes.
Honestly, as I have come to understand God and his interaction with me individually through Jesus and the Holy Spirit I have come a greater understanding of the lengths God has gone to in order to have the greatest amount of empathy possible. God took it upon himself to become like me so he could understand the struggles of being me day in and day out. It adds a huge amount of credibility to his claims of being able to offer me the rest and relief from distress I seek knowing he has walked through the same trials as me. For me, this is why i turn to God in times of distress. Because I have experienced him in such a way that I find his claims to be relevant and true. His claims that he can offer what no other ‘god’ can offer to be truthful. In my times of distress I have trusted in every of possible avenue to relieve the distress and none of them worked. None provided the relief I was looking for.
Jesus’ words to find in him rest for a weary soul are refreshing words to me, someone who has looked for rest and found it nowhere else but in him. Today, as I feel distress and pressure and the need for release I will find the rest and relief and release in a God who can offer a lighter burden to me. What about you? Will you allow Jesus to carry your burden?