Because of grace, we can and should hope for a love that is fulfilling but we dare not finish our performance and demand what we deserve from he who is the source of our glory. It is our brokenness and not our perfect performance that he desires. And when that is done we must wait and trust that he is a good God.  He IS a good God.

This should be freeing. Yes! Press towards godliness. Walk in the Spirit! Run after his glory! Hunger and thirst for righteousness and know that he is faithful. His rewards are with him (Isaiah 62:11). What we do or do not have is covered under this truth, and we do not pursue him for the things he can give. We pursue him because he is God, because we love him.

The truth is you may have done plenty to “deserve” punishment, but it may not be why you are single. There may be plenty wrong with you, but it may not be why you are single. Our issues may be part of the truth, but it is NOT the WHOLE truth. This means that the “baggage” we all carry hinders but does not determine our state. We must seek spiritual and emotional health but it is to grace we look, in his love we hope. We are all broken vessels—jars of clay in need of repair.

When loneliness rises from a groan to a scream, we must remember who we are. We are the children of a great king before whom the universe quivers. We are not measured by our availability on Friday nights. Our worth is marked out in the majesty of the stellar formations—even they declare his glory. He has touched us to heal us, and we are changed.

Our Lord stands near us as our disappointment rises to a fever pitch calling softly,

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

He calls to us telling us that we often toil at work, that is not our work. He says,

“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” (Matthew 11:29).

He knows. It is obvious he knows. We are not simply tired of body, but tired of soul. He knows the loneliness has driven us to our knees asking, “What is wrong with me?”

He does not urge us to sit and do nothing, but to do what is ours to do—the lighter part of the work. He says,

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30).

This is the truth we must live. Any other is from the Father of Lies. We are exhausted, not because he has tasked us with so much, but because we have picked up the wrong yoke and have tried to plow this field on our own. The weariness we sense is matched by the voice we hear—“Come to me!”

Salvation is first and foremost. Until you have come to trust him for the forgiveness of your sin, it is quite proper that you bear a heavy burden. Sin is a terrible weight.

But for we who have been relieved of our burden it is an invitation to rest in the arms of our true love and trust that he is working—even now, while we wait. 


 

Hudson Russell Davis was born on a small Island in the West Indies called Dominica, and this is only one reason he does not like cold weather and loves guava.  He is a graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in Graphic Design and earned a Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary.  Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate at Saint Louis University studying historical theology.  Hudson has worked as a graphic artist and worship leader but expresses himself through poetry, prose, photography, and music. His activities are just about anything outdoors, but tennis is his current passion.

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