Scripture: Matthew 11:25-30
Key verse: (28) “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Reflection: Sometimes we can overthink things. And this is coming from someone who loves to learn, discern, question, and wonder. But sometimes we can overthink things. Do you tend to overthink things too, so intent on doing the right thing, that you miss what is in front of you the entire time? In our passage for this morning Jesus says that the mystery of faith has been hidden from the wise and intelligent and is to be revealed to infants. Isn’t our wisdom what helps us understand? Or perhaps our wisdom can get in the way sometimes.
In the passage leading up to our text, Jesus shared his frustration about the people who were overthinking things, who were over analyzing everything. These people were irritated with John the Baptist because they thought his wilderness lifestyle and fasting were too extreme and yet at the same time they criticized Jesus for eating and drinking too much. It sounds like whatever the people were going to get, they weren’t going to be happy. I know that feeling, over analyzing everything to the point where nothing will do. And so, Jesus’ response is to reveal the mystery of faith to infants, those who never overthink anything! The mystery of this faith is hard for us to hear, it is not that we have to think or do anything to receive God’s favor, but that we are to come to Christ who is waiting with open arms to relieve our weariness and our burdens. May we trust God today, letting go of our burdens which we try to solve on our own. May we trust God today, letting go of that which wearies us. And like infants, may we find rest in the comforting arms of God, for there we will find rest.
Prayer: Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of wisdom and insight, we give you thanks for discernment and understanding. But may we not rely too heavily on our own understanding and miss you in our midst. Open our ears to your call to come, rest, and be with you. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].