Thursday, July 9th Matthew 11:25-30

At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, 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 will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:25-30

There is a challenge to us in these verses. They put us in our place.

Jesus begins with a prayer of thanksgiving that the Father hasn’t revealed the depth of his will and love to the “wise and intelligent” but to infants. Speaking as one who is no longer an infant, I feel left out. I could use a little wisdom and intelligence these days.

Then Jesus tells us that these hidden things have been revealed to infants because that is what the Son has chosen to do. Again, I feel left out. Does that mean that Jesus has chosen not to reveal certain things to those of us beyond potty training?

Other verses from scripture now come to mind. Jesus telling the disciples not to prevent the little children from coming to him. Jesus laying in a manger. Jesus telling us that we must become as children. I hear the words of a hymn, “Have no fear little flock, have no fear little flock, for the Father has chosen to give you the kingdom, have no fear little flock.”

Then comes Jesus’ invitation. “Come to me…and I will give you rest.” Having been put in our place, now Jesus gives us a place where we can find rest for the weariness and heavy burdens that life as a “wise and intelligent” adult has bequeathed to us.

But then there is another challenge. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me…” At first, that yoke sounds like one more thing to do. One more burden. Maybe even the camel’s last straw?

There is a promise at the end of this text – you will find rest for your souls – that sounds so good that it makes it worth it to follow the whole story to the end. And suddenly we realize, we can’t pick up Jesus’ yoke unless we set everything else down. Then we see again that these words are spoken – revealed – to us. To infants. To ones dependent on Jesus. To ones who can’t do everything for ourselves and are not yet even at the stage where we want to.

Come to Jesus and you will find rest for your weary souls.

Let us pray: Abba, Father, our souls are restless until they find their rest in you. Hold us close. Walk beside us. Encourage us from the inside. Take from us our penchant for worry, that we might cast all of our cares unto you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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