Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rest For the Meek


Hannah Whitall Smith's words come to me this morning, an echo of words I had written in a notebook only a week ago:

"The greatest burden we have to carry in life is self."

The words in my notebook were from A.W. Tozer:

"Our burden is interior. It attacks the heart and the mind and reaches the body only from within. First there is the burden of pride. The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed. The heart's fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor from the bad opinion of friend and enemy will never let the mind have rest. 
Jesus calls us to rest, and meekness is His method."

" Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." 
Matthew 11:28,29

We work hard to find rest in the midst of lives with to-do lists a mile long. We write about it, take pictures of it and set aside days to practice it. The rest Jesus offers is a state of being. It is rest in the turmoil of daily living. He says we can find it by being meek.

It is not the meekness of a down-trodden life He speaks of. It is the meekness of seeing rightly who we are in Him. It is the meekness that cares nothing for the approval of others and doesn't envy the successes of others. It is a meekness that as Tozer writes: "...has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort." It is hard work, this seeking a nod and a pat on the back from the world. It means putting on a self that tries to be all things to all people.

When we are truly meek (humble), we see our own smallness against God's greatness, and at the same time see the infinite worth He places on our individual lives. "In himself nothing; in God everything." The world may never see us as our Father sees us. When we come to the place where His opinion matters more than theirs', we will find rest; when what we appear to be to others is of less importance that what we are in Him, we will find rest. 

It is a heavy burden, this caring who I am in the eyes of others, but it takes great courage not to. Jesus asks us to exchange the yoke of pride and pretense for His yoke of finding our worth in Him.

"It will take some courage at first, but the needed grace will come as we learn that we are sharing this new and easy yoke with the strong Son of God Himself. he calls it 'My yoke,' and He walks at one end while we walk at the other."

Linking to my sweet friend Jennifer today:



Blessings,
Linda

quotes taken from "The Pursuit of God" by A.W. Tozer

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8 comments:

  1. Thank you for this today, Linda. I was just pondering that scripture last night along with Ps. 68:19 - Blessed be the Lord, Who bears our burdens and carries us day by day ... AMP.

    You are such a blessing.

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  2. Thank you, Linda, for these wonderful words. I do feel burdened down these days and so tired. I know God has something better for us.

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  3. I have had thoughts of this lately.

    Yoke came from from the word jugom "joining." So i am looking at the joining with Jesus, belong to Him, and be joined with Him and thus joined with God. We join together with God, we are together in God, and our soul finds it's rest there. In our relating and joining with Jesus, we learn from Him, and our souls find rest. We come in thankfulness and a with humble heart seeking HIm.

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  4. This is really beautiful, Linda. Perfect words to read tonight. Thank you.

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  5. "The world may never see us as our Father sees us."

    Linda, this is the most important work God is doing in me these days--teaching me to see myself as he sees me, learning to dwell in his delight. I want to work on so many other things--relationships, behaviors. But if I don't understand God's deep and abiding love for me, given that he knows everything about me, I won't get the other things right either.

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  6. He does help us with our burdens. Isn't He just so wonderful !!!

    Just checking back for any new posts you may have written.
    I’ve been a follower on your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation.

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  7. WOW! I needed this word, Linda! How timely. Our Pastor is preaching on rest this weekend and so your words have already helped to prepare my heart to receive what God is wanting to give me. Thank You, for sharing your gift!

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  8. Such encouraging words, Linda, and drawn from some of my favorite verses! It is so precious to know that Jesus calls us to be yoked together with Him and that He will bear our burdens. Daily! Thank you for the encouragement!

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