Those of us who are saved find rest in Jesus. Those who are not saved will receive rest if they come to Him, for He promises to give it. Let us gladly accept what He gladly gives. You’re not to buy it, nor borrow it, but to receive it as a gift. You labor under the weight of ambition, covetousness, lust, or anxiety – Jesus will set you free from this iron bondage and give you rest. You’re burdened with sin, fear, worry, remorse, fear of death – but if you come to Him He will unload you. He carried the crushing mass of our sin so that we no longer have to carry it. Jesus gives rest. Will you believe it? Will you put it to the test? Will you do so at once? Come to Jesus by quitting every other hope, by thinking of Him, believing God’s testimony about Him, and trusting everything with Him. If you come to Him the rest He gives you will be deep, safe, holy, and everlasting. He gives a rest which develops into heaven, and He gives it this day to all who come to Him.” – Charles Spurgeon
Take one look at my Facebook page and it’s no secret I enjoy hiking and being outdoors. Even if I cant get out into the woods or hike to a mountain top, a beautiful afternoon, no matter the season, even spent at a park gives me rest and peace as I get away from the daily routines, busy schedules and a community packed with traffic, businesses, and sub-divisions.
Jesus tells us to come to Him when we need rest. But what kind of rest is He talking about? How many of us assume He means seeking rest when we’ve reached the point of exhaustion, feeling beat up, stressed and discouraged? How many of us quote Matthew 11:28 to a friend or even ourselves during a time of struggle?
But does this verse have to serve only as a reminder during the times we’re tired from a storm? And how do we define “burden?” Maybe what I may view and feel is a burden is not a burden to you. For example; last week I went hiking at a state park. I chose this particular state park because of the lack of cell phone signal. I wanted to be cut off from the world so I could rest, not think and enjoy being outside with Jesus and His creation. I needed to be alone with Him. I was carrying a heavy burden, the burden of making a decision. For me this burden felt heavy but not to the point of stressing me out. The truth is I felt a bigger burden from NOT taking time with Him to hear His voice. Once I got out in the woods I realized that the burden I was carrying was not what decision to make, but rather the burden of feeling stressed from being on the go and not RESTING.
If we’re not careful and don’t take time to rest we’ll find ourselves carrying the burden of busyness. So set down your laptop and cell phone and seek out rest in Him. Before you plan out your schedule of connecting with friends and family. Make connecting with Jesus a top priority.