Jay's eDevotionals  

Oct 1

Finding REST in His Embrace of Grace!

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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 shall find REST for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
 
I am so tired,” she confessed, “My husband’s illness, the problems with our kids, and the lack of money overwhelm me.” Can you relate?

When our daughter was a little girl she made a profound statement after a difficult day at preschool, “I’m just WHELMED-OVER,” Alex proclaimed!

The Lord invites all of His “whelmed-over” children to enter an intimate partnership with Him and find REST. Let this acrostic help you embrace and implement Jesus’ gracious invitation to join Him and take up His Yoke that provides REST: because if Jesus is your partner, He will do the “heavy lifting” of your load.

links to “Rightly Related” which means you humbly embrace His offer of grace and become a saved, sanctified, and serving member of God’s forever family.
links to “Eyes on Jesus” which means you submit to Christ’s Lordship and follow His leadership every day.  “Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who is the author and finisher of your faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
S links to “Stand on the Scripture” which means you will obey God’s Word. Since you submitted yourself to Christ’s yoke you will now go at His pace to His place. You follow His orders by learning and living God’s Word. Jesus declared, “Blessed are those who hear the Word of God, and do it.” (Luke 11:28)
T links to “Thankful” for God’s strength and provision which comes from being yoked or partnered with Christ. Since Jesus is on your team, no matter what comes your way, He will provide the resources to cope which gives you hope and enables you to agree with imprisoned Paul, “Always give thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 5:20)

Imagine that you were playing on a golf scramble team with Rory McElroy, Bubba Watson and Phil Michelson. Regardless of the quality of your shot, the outcome for the team would be really good because you have fabulous partners. When you humbly yoke to Jesus, going at His pace to His place, the outcome will be really good. So REST in His embrace of grace and enjoy the journey!

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