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We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that he injects into our body’s energy, power and strength. – Charles Stanley

I’ve carried a burden for too long on my own. I wasn’t created to bear it alone. I hear your invitation to let it all go. I see it now and I’m laying it down. I know that I need the rest. Chances are, you read the Word and thought to yourself, I need that, and you wouldn’t be alone. The anxiety permeating our culture today is overwhelming. People are tired, weary, discouraged, burdened; by life, by the economy, by politics, by personal struggles.

It is so easy to grow weary in doing good, when nobody notices or nobody even cares, but remember, it’s really being done for an audience of One and not one of many. It is into this chaos that Jesus speaks. And the promise he gives us is amazing. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest.” Jesus’ promise remains …

The reality is, what Jesus did on the cross made a way for you and me to always have the opportunity to experience relationship with God. We can run to our Heavenly Father, unashamedly, and find rest in his presence. We can lay our burdens at his feet.

The enemy wants you to think God’s only going to talk to you about everything wrong with you. That he’s going to judge you and make you feel guilty. But that is not the heart of the Father. He is gently and humble in heart. He desires to bring rest to your soul – your mind, your will, and your emotions.

All he needs is you. James 4:8 assures us that as we draw near to God, he will draw near to us.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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 11:28–30


Written by Dr Charisse le Roux