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Today, I took great pleasure reading the following from Matthew 11:
25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
Most of the time, I feel like a child when it comes to understanding the Christian walk. I believe there is something significant in having the faith of a child – trusting for no good reason, not over-thinking, not judging – just trusting God. I want to be more like that.
And, of course, this well-known passage came at a good time today:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The encouragement for you today:
As I was reading David’s Psalm today (Psalm 131) I was reminded of several things. Here’s the Psalm in its entirety:
1 My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. 2 But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. 3 O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.
As I read “I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me,” I thought about David and how he was thrust into the limelight. He was a simple shepherd – the youngest of a family with 8 sons. From my study of those verses, he was the least likely to become anything more than a shepherd – especially the king of a nation! Yet, that was his lot in life. He was chosen – he did not choose that life.
David was able to be still – a trait I myself (and the majority of people I know these days) seem to have a great deal of difficulty with. I found the analogy of a “weaned child with it’s mother” very interesting. If you think about it, there’s not much a child who has just been weaned (somewhere between 6 months and a year old?) can control. All they are concerned with is their current needs – eating, sleeping, being loved.
I am encouraged today to focus on resting. Again. When will I learn? He is in control – not me. I can rest in that.
grace & peace,