Rest – Seems like today’s society can never get enough of it. We are a tired world always seeking a break and an escape from our busy days. Our days are packed with meetings, deadlines, and sitting in offices doing endless work, only to find ourselves riddled with exhaustion and tiredness at the end of it all. Even as we go to sleep, our minds and bodies are still at work! Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take all that tiredness away and just relax? Last Sunday’s preaching taught us all about how God can give us that rest.
Maybe we don’t realize it, but our burdens can actually be lightened. We can find ourselves some “true” rest and wash away all the exhaustion that we feel. We no longer have to do it all alone.
In Matthew 11, Jesus says this:
“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 NIV).
“I will give you rest.”
Now rest, the act itself is biblical. God Himself, while creating the heavens and the Earth in Genesis, rested on the seventh day after finishing all His great work. So we of course, must also have rest for the work that we do and God wants to give us that.
The rest that we all seek, the peace that we all yearn for is just waiting for us. We, a tired people, have been promised by God a true rest that we are undeserving of because of our sin. However, because of God’s great love and mercy, always overflowing with grace, we find ourselves in the midst of an opportunity where all we need to do is come to Him.
We have the privilege of receiving rest for our souls, because of God’s grace. We no longer have to struggle and be overloaded with our work. All we need to do is come to God, hindered by nothing and He will show us His ways and carry the burden with us.
– Lorraine Edora