“We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”Psalms 39:6-7
Christ has a yoke for our necks–as well as a crown for our heads!– Matthew Henry
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
First, we must come to Christ as our great high-priest Priest and repose ourselves in Him for salvation.
Second, we must come to Him as our Prince or Ruler, and submit ourselves to Him, “Take My yoke upon you.” This must go along with the former, for Christ is exalted to be both a Prince and a Savior (Act 5:31). The rest He promises is a release from the drudgery of sin–not from the service of God. Christ has a yoke for our necks–as well as a crown for our heads–and this yoke He requires that we should take upon us.
Third, we must come to Him as our Prophet or Teacher, and set ourselves to learn from Him. We must learn of Him to be “Meek and and humble in heart”–to mortify our pride and passion, which render us so unlike to Him. We must so learn of Christ, for He is both Teacher and Lesson, Guide and Way!
I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word. (Psalms 130:5 NLT)
If your hope lies anywhere else, you are hopeless. I thought I’d this last night when I penned this poem for a challenge. (The original post and challenge details can be found here.)
Life can be dismal
Filled with depression and dread
My faith is my hope
2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.
Tonight I was blessed to have my first preaching appointment, having announced my calling last week to my home church. I’m still in awe that God would see fit to use me for such a position. And I’m humbly grateful that He finds me useful for anything to further His Kingdom.
My text was mostly the third chapter of 2 Thessalonians. The above referenced verse brought a thought to mind, one I don’t think I had earlier. I remember once hearing a fellow say to an older gentleman “I don’t believe there really is a devil”. The older man replied “Try resisting him a while, then tell me you don’t believe he’s real”.
There’s no doubt that Satan is real. There’s also no doubt that he’s looking to trip each one of us up every chance, in divers ways, that he can. But, praise God, our Lord is faithful and all powerful. We may still have many battles to fight but Jesus has already secured the victory! Just hold fast to Him; He will never fail you.
May God bless you,