December 13, 2011

Jesus, the True Refuge

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28


Life is not a summer camp but a battlefield full of struggles.

In this long and hard journey, you may be distressed and tired. Maybe you are groaning under the weight of a virtual steamroller of anguish, and you just do not know what to do.

Jesus says, “Do not despair; come to me.”

He is your refuge, and he invites you to a refreshing time of trust and fellowship.

He can relieve you of that heavy burden, remove grief from your heart, and heal your wounds.

He invites you to share a personal experience: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus’ command is for you: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” To do this requires a commitment to submit and learn.

Jesus even repeats his promise to you: not only does he say, “I will give you rest,” but he also says, “You will find rest” for your soul.

Do not walk hunched over under the weight of despair. Turn to Jesus, because he has the power to relieve you of your burdens and carry you in his omnipotent arms.

Always remember that the Son of God is our only true refuge.

Lord God, I need to be healed by you. I admit that I have looked for other ways to satisfy my heart, but without success. Only you are the true refuge. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Hernandes Lopes

Rev. Hernandes Dias Lopes grew up in a Christian home in Brazil. Following his 1981 graduation from Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul in Campinas, Brazil, he served two congregations of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil. In 2000, he earned a doctor of ministry degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Rev. Lopes has been the voice of the television program Verdade e Vida (“Truth and Life”) since 2006. In 2010 he was appointed Portuguese ministry leader for Back to God Ministries International. Rev. Lopes and his wife, Tinha, have two college-age children.

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