“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matt. 11:28-30, MSG).
Holy Spirit really wants you and me to get this. That’s why today’s devo is the same passage as yesterday – just in a different version. I am convinced this expression of His heart is what He has for us right now.
“Walk with me and work with me” is how this rendering expresses the concept woven into Jesus’ words, “Take My yoke upon you.” The Lord is creating a picture here for us. The yoke brings two oxen together and binds them as one. Synergy happens. Progress happens. Forward movement happens, in union. Jesus is inviting us, once again, into oneness with Him. He intends us to function in life as a singular unit with Him. This is another vitally important facet of learning to enter into, and live out of, His rest.
It reminds me of the first Hebrew verb in the phrase “…they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Is. 40:31). “Wait upon” is qavah in the original language. Qavah means to bind together. It can have the connotation of being twisted together, as in a rope or a braid. So, as we are bound together, intertwined together, with the Lord, we renew our strength. Waiting in His presence is not at all passive. It’s a focused pursuit of intimacy with Him. It means we inhabit our oneness with Him. This is where our souls will find rest.
Don’t you love the wording that continues? “Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.” I want to learn those unforced rhythms! Is this your longing too? How can we learn them? We learn of Jesus; we absorb the energy of His grace, when we daily respond to His invitation. In learning of Him, these captivating rhythms of His grace pull us into sync with His Spirit.
It happens when we yield to Him. When He whispers, “Come to me… Get away with me… Walk with me… Keep company with me…”, we do. We come to Him and climb into His arms. We get away with Him each morning. We walk with Him throughout our day, hand in hand. We invite Him to be the center of our activities, and we keep intimate company with Him.
This afternoon, Holy Spirit drew me into these beautiful words from Jesus recorded in Matthew 11. As I meditated richly on His heart, He invited me to soak for a while in His closeness. His words, “Simply join your life with Mine…” became deeply personal (Matt. 11:29, TPT). I responded. I had a long, pressing “To Do” list, but I set it aside. I lay down on my bed, and basked in the manifestation of oneness with Him. I wrapped myself up with Him, and He with me.
This is the result: today, a little more than yesterday, the unforced rhythms of grace are flowing through my being.
So my heart of heart cries out… Precious Jesus, when You call, let me always respond!
After I wrote this devo, Holy Spirit led me to this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1T_pgG3xHR8
What does Holy Spirit show you/speak to you/minister to you, as you listen to it?