What if someone invited you to their place to get some rest? What if someone offered to trade your weariness for joy and peace? Would you take them up on their offer?
This invitation was given long ago. Our Savior said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest." -Matthew 11:28
The invitation stands still today. Why do we hold back?
Oswald Chambers once said, "Many of us appear to be all right in general, but there are still some areas in which we are careless and lazy; it is not a matter of sin, but the remnants of our carnal life that tend to make us careless. Carelessness is an insult to the Holy Spirit. We should have no carelessness about us either in the way we worship God, or even in the way we eat and drink. Not only must our relationship with God be right, but the outward expression of that relationship must also be right..."
This really spoke to me. First, because I know that for the most part, we all do appear to be alright. I myself have become accustomed to wearing a mask when things are not well. It's normal for us to do so. Whether it's sin or an emotional battle, we don't usually go around, displaying it in our appearance. Second, it's true that we are careless and lazy about certain things. Third, the reminder to consistently examine ourselves to see if we are walking the walk! We sure are good at talking the talk, are we not?
I'm not trying to get off subject. Our right standing and relationship with God plays an important part in how we handle weariness and burdens. I can say from experience that when I'm neglecting reading the Word of God, turning TO God for rest, no matter how logical and second nature it should be, becomes harder to do. It's amazing how the very thing we need is the very thing we resist.
And the invitation stands! Imagine our Savior, with open arms, waiting for us, willing to take our burdens and give us His peace. Are we rejecting Him? We serve a God who knows pain; he can sympathize even in our temptations. Even in our human thinking, we can open up and confide with more ease, in someone who has experienced our own troubles. Should it not be done with more expectancy and easy when it comes to our Creator, who knows us better than anyone could and IS the love and peace we need?
We are interesting creatures, knowing the Truth and yet choosing to reject it. Yes, we reject it. We can say we believe, trust God, know He is there for us, and all that wonderful truth, but our actions and perspective may be contradicting us. This should not be so.
Are we still holding on to past hurts?
Are we still letting something steal our peace?
Are we spending time in worship other than in church?
Are we studying the Word to show ourselves approved? (2 Timothy 2:15)
Are we taking a stand against the enemy's tactics and lies?
Or are we wallowing in self pity, depression, and feelings of defeat?
It's so easy to dwell on our circumstances. Our reasons are valid! But even more valid and true, in our hearts, should be the knowledge of a God who loves us and wants us to rest in Him. Let's stop the excuses and be bold and courageous enough to say, "Lord of heaven's armies, blessed be Your name! I KNOW you are for me and I know the victory is yours! I KNOW you will see me through these times. No matter the outcome, I trust in you and will honor and serve you through these times. Through the valley, on the mountain top, and everywhere in between, You are King and You are in control."
Blessed be the name of Yahweh, King of the universe.
Rest in Him. We look to so many things in desperation when He has been there all along. Look no further. No excuses. Do a self-examination and be honest with yourself about the things that are not right. Continue to live a life, fully surrendered to our God. That is where true freedom is found.
The following is a song by Chris Tomlin that has served me well during tough times. It's a good reminder for us all. Enjoy!