LEA Weekly Devotion
TOGETHER series 2021–2022
Week of November 28, 2021
Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28).
If you think Black Friday lines were long, imagine yourself in a line responding to Jesus’ invitation. But maybe you’re really wishing for a line of any length to give you rest from you weariness and burdens. It’s been a tough couple of years, and there is little hope that things will improve.
Changes brought on by the pandemic and lost morality have pressed you from all sides. Differences of health and political opinions have made it nearly impossible to please people or to please God. And there’s always the worry—itself an energy sapper—about how things might get worse. Courts are slipping toward decisions that could make it more difficult for you and your school to maintain a scriptural, Christian worldview. No wonder you’re tired. Teaching is tiring—if you’re doing it right. You knew that. Fatigue really didn’t need any allies.
God’s workers have a long history of being tired. Listen to Asaph’s testimony: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever (Ps. 73:26). It sounds as if he has some experience in the weary and burden departments. You could probably swap war stories and compare wounds, but you also can swap remedies. Matthew and the early (and later and much, much later) disciples could join what would be anything but a small group. Name any spiritual servant in Scripture, and you would have a crowd of the beleaguered.
But how do you appropriate Matthew’s “rest” and Asaph’s eternal “portion?” It doesn’t come in pharmaceutical form or counselor’s couch. Your rest and security come in the form of taking care of yourself—insisting on adequate respite and picking out the right pillow.
The perfect pillow is a Bible. Laying your brains on it and in it, trusting it for comfort and wisdom, and using it daily are bound to provide strength and comfort. It may not always be as comforting as you would prefer, and it may even be hard as a rock. David said, “I call to you from the ends of the earth when my heart is without strength. Lead me to a rock that is high above me, for you have been a refuge for me… (Ps. 61:1–3).
If you’re tired, you are in good company. Maybe you could even write a psalm of your own. As Asaph said, “I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all you do (Ps. 73:28).
Sing together: Sweet
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Written by Edward Grube, LL.D.
Director of Communications
Copyright ©2021 Lutheran Education Association
Quoted Scripture: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
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