Wednesday, 20 January 2021
Title: Jesus Will Give You Rest
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Matthew 11: 28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…”
I found myself awake in pitch darkness again – another night when I hadn’t slept more than a couple of hours. I was thinking of church members and their family members who have been going through suffering and pains. In my pastoral experience, I had never come across so many cases of illnesses and suffering within a short year. I felt hurt and overwhelmed by empathy for our beloved brothers and sisters. I hope I can do more than just praying for them. When I told them, “I will pray for you”, my heart cried out, “I wish I could help take your troubles and miseries away from you!” Such burden in my heart often brings me down to my knees telling Jesus that I am indeed weak and helpless. “Please help my brothers and sisters who are in agony, O Lord, and take away their pains and suffering!” I have to uphold my beloved brothers and sisters to Him, and to surrender my burden for them to Him in order to find rest in Him.
Today, just too many people are bogged down with heavy burdens, especially those living in the city. They are stressed, worried, anxious, and have no rest – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Many feel trapped in their problems, finding no comfort. It is like a huge and heavy boulder weighing down on their shoulders and unable to break free.
How to let go of our burden? Who can help us out? We ask for help, but who could relieve us? Problems seem to persist and we find ourselves getting nowhere. In the Bible, Jesus promises to all who are weary and burdened that HE will give them rest. When we are willing to go to Jesus to surrender our heavy burden to Him, He can give us rest. Not only can we offload our burdens, but we will also receive peace in our hearts and rest in our soul.
Jesus wants you to know Him. He loves you, He wants you to have love, peace, and joy in your life. When Jesus invites the weary and burdened to come to Him, He takes away the burden and weariness from them, and replaces with His love, peace and joy. Who in the world could do such a thing? There is no one else but Jesus!
Dear Jesus, We come to You and ask for Your rest and peace. We pray that You will lift the burden off our heart and take away our desire to strive using our own strength. Allow us to come in Your presence and let You help us. We pray that You mould us into Your image, and instill in us a restful spirit. Let us radiate Your peace onto others, even in the midst of chaos, and show us how to live our life resting in You. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
马太福音11:28 – “凡劳苦担重担的人可以到我这里来，我就使你们得安息…”
我发现自己又在一片漆黑中醒来 – 另一个我睡不足几个小时的晚上。我想起那些正遭受痛苦和磨难的教会会友及他们的家人。依我牧养的经验，我从未在短短的一年里遇到过如此多的疾病和苦难案例。我为我们亲爱的弟兄姐妹感到同情和痛心。我希望我能做的不仅仅是为他们祈祷。当我告诉他们：“我会为您祈祷” 时，我的心在呼喊，“我希望我能帮助您摆脱烦恼和痛苦！” 我内心的这种重担常常使我跪下来告诉耶稣我确实是软弱无助的。“主啊，求祢帮助我处在痛苦中的弟兄姐妹，消除他们的痛楚与苦难！” 我必须将我心爱的弟兄姐妹交托于祂，并将我为他们承担的重担卸给祂，好让我在祂里面得安息。