This morning I read a familiar verse in my quiet time—“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Matthew 11:28,29). I’ve read this passage hundreds of times, but today the words Let me teach you fairly popped off the page and into my heart. Consider this…
When we don’t know how to pray, Jesus says, “Let me teach you.”
When we don’t know which path to choose, Jesus says, “Let me teach you.”
When we don’t know how to respond to a difficult person, Jesus says, “Let me teach you.”
When we don’t know how to tackle a God-given assignment, Jesus says, “Let me teach you.”
When we don’t know how to parent a strong-willed child or respect our spouse, Jesus says, “Let me teach you.”
When we feel like saying, “I just don’t know what to do,” let’s remember the promise Jesus made to those who follow Him: “But when the Father sends the Counselor as my representative—and by the Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I myself have told you” (John 14:26).
He teaches. We listen, receive His words, and then we obey.
Well, maybe for some. For others, not so much. We might argue, throw a tizzy fit of sorts, and cling to whatever measure of control we think we own, but doing so gets us nowhere. Let’s be honest. God is God, and we are not. Why insist on relying on our own smarts when His knowledge and wisdom far surpass ours?
Jesus knows when we feel confused or at a loss. He says, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens…let me teach you.” And then He makes a promise: “You will find rest for your souls.”
Rest. Sounds so, so good. No more striving to solve the problem. No more struggling to find the perfect strategy. No more straining to discover the ideal solution.
Jesus knows the answer to every question with which we wrestle. Let’s seek Him first before making a regrettable blunder. Let’s listen for His response, and let’s let Him teach us and then commit to doing whatever He says.
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I’m just in awe of how you can throw away all your stuff. I’ve been trying to clean out my basement like shredding papers that should have been done years ago. It has been so tiring. Plus I’ve been helping my Dad from time to time to clear out his house. So I admire you. But I do know that God will richly bless you for your obedience. I appreciate your newsletter.
Floreen, thank you for your kind words. Purging my house hasn’t been easy. I agree with you–it is tiring. I’ve had to look at my stuff and evaluate it with questions like, “When was the last time I used this?” and “What are the chances I’ll need it on the sailboat?” Seriously, I’ve sorted boxes that I brought into this house three years ago and haven’t opened since. Like, why do I think I need to keep those contents if I wasn’t even aware of their presence and obviously didn’t miss them? It’s been quite the exercise (in more ways than one!). Today I realized that, of all the things I’ve donated, I don’t even remember what most of them were. I guess I won’t miss those either. Carry on, my friend. Keep shredding those papers. You’ll be thankful you did.