Who Understands?

 I thought things might be looking up a bit, but the news today wasn’t good.

I’m so discouraged and exhausted by this whole mess.

I don’t want to hear or see another news report.

I don’t need reminders that it could be worse.

I don’t want another smiling face telling me that going through this will build our character and bring us together.

They don’t understand what it’s like for me.

That’s true. None of us knows or understands what it’s like for another person to deal with this calamity.

We may want to help and encourage each other, but we often don’t know how. So, without really listening, we may utter inadequate, quick-fix statements that fuel frustration and pain more than they offer comfort.

But there is someone who knows you intimately and loves you beyond what you can imagine. He knows every detail about you—every emotion and thought. With a complete understanding of your every need, he invites you to come to him:

“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

His words and presence offer true comfort to those who seek him:

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
Psalm 139:1–4

 Wouldn’t it be a relief to be known and understood and to find rest in the midst of your weariness? You don’t have to carry this burden alone.

Will you trust God to know you and give you rest?

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