"I will give you rest"


What does Jesus desire to give us?

Matthew 11:28-30

Do you ever feel worn out, stressed out, and heavy burdened?  We have all at one time or another, but Jesus has promised to give us rest.  Now all we have to do is come to Him daily and lay our burdens at His feet.

What did Jesus bid the disciples after a busy time?

Mark 6:30-32

It's easy to get preoccupied in the things of life and we can sometimes forget to spend those quiet moments with God.  But Jesus shows us here how important it is to have prayer and reflection time alone with our Savior.  That's why He said "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet"  Matthew 6:6

Just like the disciples, we need to rest from our labor.  Christians can get to caught up in serving the Lord and doing good that they neglect their personal relationship with Jesus.

Let's take a close look at Isaiah 30:15 --

"For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.  But you would not."

The first thing Isaiah tells us is that we need to return unto God. We may already believe in Him and have served Him in the past, but now it's high time that we return unto Jesus with our whole heart (Jeremiah 24:7).  "For now is our salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light."  Romans 13:11,12

Next, Isaiah talks about rest and quietness.   I have found in my walk with God that I need lots of quiet and restful moments of prayer and meditation in the scriptures every day.  God bids us in Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God:".  During our day we need to hush the distractions around us (even our own thoughts) and be still and listen for the "still small voice" of God"  1 Kings 19:12.   I know for me this can be difficult sometimes, but by the grace of God I am learning.  It's awesome to think about God wanting us to listen so He can guide us, as God says in Isaiah 30:21  "And thine ear shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."

The last important element contained in this verse is the phrase "confidence shall be your strength".  How does this apply to us today?  As Christians, we need to keep are perspective clear.  Jesus said that we can't accomplish anything without His help (John 15:5).  This means that we have to constantly lean upon Christ for strength, in both physical and spiritual life.  Our confidence needs to be in Him and not in ourselves, not in our flesh (Philippians 3:3).   Take a look at Proverbs 3:25-26  "Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught."

Then the verse ends with these words: "But you would not."  Let's choose God's way, friends!  Wouldn't we rather cast our burdens and cares upon Jesus instead of doing things our way and trying to solve our problems in our own human strength?  

Hebrews 4:1 "Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it."