Glory Seed Devotionals, 2016: Year of the Blessing
Take off your burdens and give them to Jesus…
Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 TLV)
One day while driving to town to pick up some groceries a Christian farmer come upon a man walking with a heavy pack on his back. Pulling up close to the hitchhiker he rolled down the window, “Looks like you could use a ride friend, don’t have room in the cab but plenty in the back.” Pulling to a stop the farmer waited for the man to climb in. Minutes later they were back on the road heading for town.
A mile or so down the road the farmer check in the rearview mirror and noticed the hitchhiker still had the heavy pack on his back. Pulling to a stop, getting out and walking to where the man was sitting he said, “Friend, you can take that heavy pack off your back there’s plenty of room for it.” The man looked the farmer in the eyes, “I am much obliged sir for giving me a ride but it would be too much for me to expect you to carry my pack too so I’ll just leave it on me.”
“There was an old philosopher, long ago, who summed up his experience of man’s life and toils and cares by saying that “the end of work is to enjoy rest.” And truly there is no pleasanter word or thing. We come to feel that at last. There are days when the young heart pants for larger excitement; when the strong arm is eager for earnest toil; when we are ambitious, and would fain do something which might be the talk of men. But the sobering years go forward. We grow wearied in the greatness of the way. We understand the Psalmist’s vague aspiration, “Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.” Now, when we would find true rest for our souls we can find it only in Christ. He can give rest. He does give rest. When we think what are the main sources of the soul’s unrest, we shall see that Christ, even in this life, is ready to deliver His people from them.” (Quoted from The Graver Thoughts of a Country Parson, 3rd series, p. 203)
Believe in presence of the GOD and in the strength of his GRACE!
GRACE and PEACE,
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