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Action Required - Come

Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28

Our God often requires some action on our part before we receive His blessing. This week we will study five of God’s action verbs. When we take action, His blessing is ours. In our verse today, He tells us to come to him.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t get weary and tired, although I do have a few friends who remind me of the Energizer bunny. They just kept on ticking with what seems to be a continuing supply of new energy. Are you one of those or more like me and tend to wind down before we complete our tasks?

Life is hard. We may get weary because our life seems to be boring. We may be physically weary and burdened. Our responsibilities in our family, our home, or our job can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining. 

Are we taking care of our bodies with healthy eating, exercise and sleep? Do I hear someone saying, “I just don’t have time?" Take stock; consider the payoff, the rewards.

Mentally, we may be weary trying to keep up with our schedule or our to-do list. An overloaded schedule can nudge us into short cuts or trying to multi-task. Doesn’t work very well, does it?

Emotional weariness can mushroom on us. We can even reach the point of despair. Our problems seem overwhelming, and we aren’t able to help anyone, even ourselves.

Weariness – physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually. Are we worn out?  A beautiful song tells us “Run to Jesus.”

We come to Him and He gives us rest; rest for our souls. It’s His promise. I like the Amplified Bible which reads, I will cause you to rest, ease, and relieve and refresh your souls.

What are we waiting for? His rest waits. Go to Him. For encouragement, read Jeremiah 6:16. Weariness is not new in the 21st century. Neither is our strong will to do it our way.


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