Reposting a devotional by Aletha Hinthorn, who spoke at Come to the Fire 2011.
One thing she said in Friday morning’s session that really impacted me and my friends there was this, “If God is pleased, then all is well.” What a simple statement to remember and live by – living before the eyes of God and for His pleasure!
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In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus gave two separate promises of rest. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
“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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Both types of rest are not given at the same time. If we invite the unsaved to come to Christ and to find that His yoke is easy and His burden is light, they come to Jesus and receive rest from their sins, but they still struggle. They struggle with an unwillingness to always obey the known will of God.
After we’ve come to Him for the first rest, Jesus invites us to, “Take my yoke upon you and learn”? An ox doesn’t know what to do until he has the yoke upon him. Neither do we know God’s will until we surrender our own yoke (our will) and accept His will in all matters.
Jesus wants us to learn that He is gentle and humble. And when we are willing to always have a gentle, humble spirit of obedience to Him in all things, then we find soul rest.
These verses do not mean there is no yoke and no burden. It means that there is something about Jesus that makes his demands light and easy.
Thank You, Jesus, that I’ve found that Your yoke is easy to bear and the burden you give is not heavy.
“This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
EDIT: You can watch Aletha’s message (entitled “Our Passport to his Rest”) from that morning here:
Tune in at 1:27:34 for a video introducing her message – or at 1:29:19 when Aletha begins to share.