It’s the third entry in CS’s Favorite Bible Verses (FBV) series. For each entry, you get 72 hours to vote for the scriptural nugget you think should move on to the round of 27.
We have another tough set of choices today. From Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus confides in us he is aware that human existence comes with burdens. Sometimes heavy ones. Do we bring these to the Lord? And are we prepared to make an uncertain exchange in return for relief and rest? It’s also been the theme of many a religious song:
Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Speaking of song, not many Catholics trace the most popular compositions of David Haas and Bob Dufford to another message of comfort:
But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name: you are mine.
David’s setting is more explicit, and communicates with more intimacy that claim of God’s: You are mine.
And while we don’t always see quite how God will lift our burdens and draw us through trials and dangers, Saint Paul, in his letter to the Romans, reminds us that God’s unseen grace has an aim. This verse rated highly popular in both Catholic and Protestant circles:
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.