DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2021-02-05
WRITTEN AT: Avon Park, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Matthew 11:28-30
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: 28 “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me.[o] I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.[p] 29 Simply join your life with mine.[q] Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle,[r] humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.[s] 30 For all that I require of you will be pleasant[t] and easy to bear.”[u]
OBSERVATION: Today some may be stressed because of family members affected by COVID; finances resulting from COVID induced layoffs; medical problems; loss of a loved one; and so many other things. In today’s Scripture, Jesus gives us answers to these problems, for He has promised to give us refreshment and peace through our troubled times. Do you know Him? Can you depend on His graces today?
APPLICATION: In our Scripture Jesus responds to the heavy burden that had been placed on the disciples and their home towns by the Pharisees. But isn’t this a stark reminder to us today, that in spite of the many things that burden us down in everyday life, and especially the extraordinary things that occurred since COVID began? Children of God still have the same all-powerful, all-knowing, Almighty God to help us bear up under the load of stress brought on by today’s burdens and Satan’s wickedness through our leaders, neighbors and friends. It is challenging to read national and world news, or watch the evening news, without becoming stressed out, for it seems like there is no good or positive news. But for the child of God, Jesus wants us to come to Him – come like a man who rushes to an oasis for an unlimited replenishment of water to a thirsty soul. Animals will show us that when they find an oasis, they will hang out there, for it relieves their worries about finding water when they need it. That should also minister to us, for when we find that there is pure peace and contentment in the Lord Jesus Christ, why would we wander away? When we feel the touch of the Master’s hand on our life, that renews a spirit of oneness with our Savior, why would we dare wander away from that? In fact, we would want to know Him even more intimately, so that our spirit might overflow with His goodness and a contentment that only He could give. To do this, we should dig into His Word on a daily basis. This helps us to see Him as He is and to be reminded that He not only went to the cross for our benefit, but that He loves us unconditionally and He intercedes on our behalf before the Father. We serve such an awesome God dear friend, know Him today and know the peace that surpasses all human understanding. Please read carefully through my Footnote and the links included, especially the one ‘To Know Jesus’.
PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for loving us even when we were unlovable. Thank You for reaching out Your hand to offer us peace and contentment, especially in the very challenging times that we are going through. What a peace in knowing that one thing remains unchanged – our gracious Lord, and the love that He offers even to us. Please calm the worries of all who may read this devotional today and remind them of the peace that only You could offer to those who will seek Your face. You are so precious in our sight dear Jesus, may we be Your hands and feet on the ground as we interact with everyone today. Peace and refreshment is available – praise the wonderful name of Jesus. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!