I need rest. I get tired.
There is good news. Jesus gives me rest. I find it in Him. Jesus, the Messiah and King of God’s country, challenges me to come to Him. Of course I am weary. That is something I have to confess to God.
I am carrying too many burdens. They are mine and I love to whine and complain about them. People politely listen. At least I think they do. Maybe they aren’t really. Am I a broken record just droning on while they politely smile while preparing their mental grocery list?
Jesus promises to give me rest. My job is hitch myself to Him. My rest is in him not sleep and slumber. Jesus assures me it isn’t really difficult but easy. Really? Yes, really!
My job is to learn from Jesus. How does Jesus do it? Jesus busies Himself with God’s business. I need to learn about gentleness. I need to learn about humility. They lead to rest. I can stop striving.
The need for rest: So how do I stop trusting myself? How do I place my full trust in God and His promises? I enter into God’s rest by first understanding my total inability to enter God’s rest on my own. Next, I enter God’s rest by my total faith in the sacrifice of the Messiah and complete obedience to God and His will.
- “And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief” (Hebrews 3:18–19).
- Unlike the Israelites whose unbelief prevented them from entering the Promised Land, I am to enter God’s rest by faith in Him, faith which is a gift from Him by grace (Ephesians 2:8–9).
- Psalm 23:2–3 — He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
- Proverbs 17:1 — Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it Than a house full of feasting with strife.
- Ecclesiastes 4:6 — One hand full of rest is better than two fists full of labor and striving after wind.
- Mark 6:31 — And He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a secluded place and rest a while.” (For there were many people coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.)
- Matthew 11:28–30 — “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.”