Rest For Your Soul. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-29
Rest can feel elusive. That which should make us feel rested often doesn’t. Consider waking up after a restless night and your first thought being how early you can go back to bed.
Vacations really should be a time of rest. But after working overtime to get ready, then the rush of the vacation, and working overtime to make up for being gone, restful is not how most of us would define vacations.
God always wanted more for us than for us to stop working. If the only definition of rest we know is the absence of work, then we have missed the fullness of God’s gift. God wanted physical rest to lead to spiritual rest.
In the verse above, Jesus invites us to a deeper rest…..a soul-rest. A rest we feel in our minds, bodies and spirits-this is soul-rest. And the only place we will find this rest is Jesus. It is rooted in faith and confidence that we’re deeply and unconditionally loved, held safe in the arms of our heavenly Father.
We don’t give our trust easily. People betray us. I’ve betrayed myself. So, we trust always with a “yes, but….” Attached to it when we give it to a person. But God is trustworthy. Each time we deliberately choose to trust God, fear loosens its grip on us. Anxiety recedes. Stress melts away. Worry doesn’t consume us.
Psalm 62:1-6 “Truly my soul waiteth upon God; from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? Ye shall be slain all of you; as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be moved.”
Today, Jesus invites all of us who feel worried and burdened, from whatever has made us feel overwhelmed, exhausted and guilty, to come to Him. I don’t know about you, but this is the rest my soul longs for; it’s what I was made for. To know with certainty I am loved, cared for and protected. Not just on earth but for eternity. Knowing this gives my soul an anchor, and quiets the striving, relentless part of us that seeks security and significance.
This is the message that will give each of us the abundant life Jesus offered. Not abundant with work, but overflowing with love and filled with the true soul-rest we long for.
Lord, thank You for providing a rest for my soul that’s not attached to a person or experience. You created me for this rest, and I accept is now. Help me truly trust You with my heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.