There’s One Thing You CAN Do

by Lee Buford on July 9, 2012

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

This is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. It’s one of the most nourishing, fulfilling, and helpful promises we can cling to this side of heaven. It is perhaps also one of the least leveraged and understood (or most misunderstood) promises in the Bible.

Come to me…all who labor and are heavy laden, or, as the NIV translates, who are weary and burdened.

Though Jesus is clearly speaking of providing rest and relief for those burdened by the legalistic pressures and expectations of the day, the message of his command has resounding implications for the good of all of our souls. He’s not just talking about coming to him when we’re tired and worn out, but rather he’s offering rest, peace, and joy that can be found only in him…in any situation or circumstance and under the weight of any burden.

Whatever your deal is…whatever you’re facing…however you got to this point…Jesus is saying to you: come and find what you’re seeking.

  • When you’ve received the worst possible medical diagnosis
  • When your marriage is in shambles
  • When you’ve been lied to and betrayed
  • When you feel like there’s no way you can measure up
  • When you’re faced with losing it all
  • When you don’t know where to turn
  • When you’ve lost your job and can’t pay the bills
  • When you can’t see light for all the darkness engulfing your mind
  • When…anything

Jesus says, “Come to me and I will give you rest.”

All of you (us)! Not merely those who meet a certain standard. Not just those who’ve got it together. No… ALL of you! Every one of us.

None of us will ever ‘measure up.’ Romans 3:23 reminds us that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We’re all going blow it from time to time. We will all face seemingly insurmountable trials and circumstances, most of the time brought on by our own sin and doing. Know that in advance…expect it. You won’t be excluded from the experience so don’t be shocked when the time comes.

Most importantly, know where to turn. Remember the one and only source of true rest, peace, and joy. You can’t fix it yourself, but there’s one thing you CAN do…you can go to the One who can.

Turn to Jesus. Give it all to him. He will give you rest.


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