Sunday, October 23, 2011
To You Who Are Heavy Laden....
I have so much I feel I need to share.
This life is hard.
Many things attack us, and as Christians it seems even more rough and relentless.
Satan would do anything to see our faith falter and fail.
And a lot of times we're just tempted to give up.
So many time I've just wanted to scream out, "GOD, WHY IS THIS SO HARD?!"
When I think I'm finally out of the dark, it comes back and hits me harder than I thought possible.
It's never the same either.
The devil has many devices by which he likes to destroy our strength.
He's not weak...he knows what'll get us down.
He whispers in our ear that we can't do this.
We're never going to get out.
We might as well give up on ourselves and God.
There's no hope and no escape.
We have God on our side.
We can say with confidence, "Satan, get AWAY from me! Jesus has cleansed me and is on MY side. You are defeated and I have victory in Jesus Christ!"
Even when we feel weak and small, God is made greater through that!
Through our wimpiness, God gets glory.
When we feel as though we can't go on another day, God opens His arms wide and invites us to rest in Him.
In Matthew 11:25-30, Jesus says...
At that time Jesus declared, "I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Jesus WANTS us to run to Him.
He's the only One who can give us true comfort in this world.
He's the small, gentle whisper in the chaos, just saying, "Come to ME. I will give you rest."
Tenth Avenue North is one of my favorite bands of all time.
They're songs speak such truth; something that is sorely lacking in our culture nowadays.
This is probably my second favorite song by them.
It's such a simple song, but it speaks volumes.
Enjoy and know that there will be hard times in this life, but Jesus is our peace and our joy.