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Does Jesus Care?


by Dee Bowman

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly at heart and ye shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and by burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Are you ever weary? Are you ever heavy laden?

Do you get tired of the battle, tired of fighting it, tired of having to get up again after a fall, tired of making so little gain, tired of knowing somebody knows what you did, tired of trying to be a good example only to slip and fall?

Do you get weary of the road with all its bumps, with all its sudden turns, with all its chug holes and its detours? Do you get tired of a road that seems to wind around and go nowhere?

Do you get tired of the sameness of stuff, tired of the same old routine, tired of the dullness of doing the same things over and over again, day after day, tired of the drudgery of knowing you have to do it all over again tomorrow? Do you get tired of the same old cliches, the same stale language, the same monotonous memos, the same grumbling gripes and coarse complaints, the same old boring job?

Do you get tired of trying to get better, tired of making the same mistakes, tired of praying for forgiveness, only to do the same thing again, tired of wondering why you don’t make more progress than you do, just weary of trying to be a good person? Do you ever just get tired of trying to be good when seemingly everybody around you is happy being bad?

Do you get tired of your own personality? Do you wonder why you didn’t get a better one? Do you wear down from the sheer weight of trying to control your own pre- dispositions and inclinations? Do you get sick of your own talent, or the lack of it, tired of the way you say things over and over in the same uninteresting way? Do you sometimes wish you could go off somewhere where there’s nobody around and just cry?

Do you ever wonder “why me”? Why do I have to shoulder this responsibility? Why do I have to do it just because somebody else wouldn’t? Do you ever wonder whether it’s worth wrestling with your own feelings of mediocrity when others seem to make progress with little or no effort at all? Why is that? Do you ever wonder?

Do you ever question your spiritual stamina? Do you wonder about your ability to stand in times of duress or intense pressure from the evil one? Do you sometimes question your own ability to overcome temptation? Do you look at the road ahead and wonder if you’re going to make it? Do you ever doubt your own strength to persevere to the end?

Well, if you, do, I want you to listen to this: “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace and find grace to help in time of nee.” (Hebrews 4:15-16).

And listen to this, too: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above that ye are able, but will, with every temptation provide a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

And listen to this, too: “ For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:6-7).

Does Jesus care? You’re mighty right He does!