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Ah, Rest!

Finding Rest

Matthew 11:28 NIV

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

What a tender beautiful God we serve! Finding rest that stays with you – I just breathe a sigh of relief when I read this passage. Jesus does not want us to even attempt going through our lives alone. He knows the challenges we face and the burdens we carry. He wants to carry them for us. Sounds too good to be true, huh? But it is true!

To the Verse:

Come to Me…

Coming to Jesus Christ is the starting place. Once we believe in Him as Lord and Savior, we are positionally in Christ. However, I think that our burdens being lightened depends on the closeness of our walk most of the time. I have had times in my life when God, in all His mercy and grace miraculously reached into my situation and lightened my burden before I cried out to Him, but most of the time He waits for me to give it up to Him, admitting that I cannot handle it myself.

A daily, moment by moment, close walk with Christ makes this so much easier, because the better we know Him the more we realize how desperately dependent we really are on Him.

Weary and Burdened

…all you who are weary and burdened…

These days most people are burdened with heavy loads, it seems. Christ is calling us to come to Him.

Ah, Yes! Rest!

…and I will give you rest.

When you are burdened with something, do you tend to wrestle with it constantly? I know I do. Every minute that my mind is free, it is full of the burden, and I wrestle with it all day. It is exhausting, isn’t it?

Have you experienced the rest that comes from God? It washes over you like a cool breeze on a hot, humid day. The rest that comes from Christ is real rest; restoring rest. One definition of the word “rest” is –  to cease striving. I love that, especially when I putting it up against the wrestling I have been doing!

His Presence

This kind of rest comes when we learn to spend time seeking to Him in His Word and praying on a daily basis. He calls us to come to Him first, then He will give us rest.

Come to Jesus in a deeper, more intimate relationship. Sit at His feet and lay your burdens down. He does not mean for you to carry the load that weighs so heavy on you. He wants you to know Him and trust Him with the things that make you weary from carrying them.

Let’s take time to sit at His feet – spend time with Him in His Word and in prayer. Let’s seek to know Him (Jeremiah 29:13) with all our hearts. Then, we will know that we can trust Him with our burdens.

He Is Waiting

My dear friend, He is waiting for you to come to terms with the fact that you cannot carry the load you attempt to bear. He wants you to drop it at His feet and live in the freedom that He bought for you on the cross. As we live out this total freedom that there is in Christ, we will live our lives in gratitude, in worship, and in obedience.

When we hold onto the things that burden us, our focus is not on Christ but on those things. When we give them to Christ, He gives us joy and the strength to focus on Him and in turn, we bring Him glory with our lives. God is so good! What a generous, gracious and loving God He truly is.

Things to Ponder:

  • Are my burdens so heavy that I am not sure I can continue carrying them?
  • Do I know God well enough to know that I can trust Him with my burdens?
  • Is my main goal in life to bring glory to God?

Go Deeper Today:

Matthew 8:18-22