I was recently asked what my favorite verse in the Bible is. Usually when asked this question, I just say the first thing that pops into my head, something I have memorized like John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8, or Romans 5:8. While these are all amazing verses showing the love and grace of our God, I can’t say I’ve really sat down and decided any of them are officially my favorite verse in the Bible. This past week when I was told to pick a verse, I decided to ponder the question for a while and make a choice that was true to me. Again many verses danced through my head, ones I’ve known since I was a small child. I thought about the well-known stories in the Bible: of Abraham, Moses, David, Peter, and things they said during struggles in their lives. No matter how much I thought about these things, my mind kept coming back to the same verse, a verse I have turned to a countless number of times seeking comfort in God. Matthew 11:28- “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Wow. Jesus, THE Son of God, the Christ himself, God in human form, promising us an area of peace amongst all the busyness in our lives. As a college student, I relate to this 100%. I have been told by all my peers that I have an easy schedule. My family jokes around about whether I’m even really in school or not. For the rest of my college career, I will not have to take any more than 13.5 credit hours in a given semester. While I am the president of a club and that takes a ton of time and work, my busyness does not even compare to some of my friends’. And yet, I still often times find myself physically exhausted at nights from the work I do during the day. I still get overwhelmed at times from all the assignments and due dates looming over my head. I really don’t understand how some of my friends make it with the schedules they take on. What I do know, is that Jesus has promised to give you rest. Whether you have 12 credit hours or 21, whether you have a job or not, whether your schedule is full every day of the week or you can’t find anything to do, Jesus has promised to take on your burdens if you come to Him.
Let’s take a moment and look at David, one of the most well-known people in the Bible. David was just a small shepherd boy that had to take on the greatest warrior the Philistines could find. He was then a soon-to-be king that faced numerous threats to be killed by the current king. He was then a king himself and fell into sexual temptation leading to the death of his son. So how did David handle all of the strife in his life? How did he overcome the many evils he faced and still climb up the ladder of spiritual success? The answer is in Psalm 40:1-4a- “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust.” This is our answer. David did the one thing that so many others fail to do in their lives: he put his trust in God. No matter how tough the situation, David knew that if he put his trust in God, and waited on Him patiently, then everything would be alright. And we can know that things did in fact turn around for David from what he told us next. He writes that God lifted him out of the pit of destruction, made his steps secure, and put a song of praise in his mouth. The Bible goes on to describe David as a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). David found the key to fixing his problems was going to God, and because of that, he found rest.
So what are you waiting on? Maybe you’re feeling overwhelmed by the fullness of your schedule in the upcoming weeks. Maybe you’ve been struggling with a sin for a while now and need guidance in how to change for the better. Maybe you’ve had a hardship pop into your life and you don’t know how you’re going to get by day after day. Whatever it is in your life, whether good or bad, you can know that God will always be there to listen. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Written By: Isaac May