May 20 - Come & Rest.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Vacation season is upon us. Summer is almost here.
Many will soon resort to beaches or mountains to find solace and peace for a season.
Labourers need their rest.
“And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”
Jesus Christ was an advocate for coming apart and resting awhile.
In fact, He led by example in purposefully taking time away from people to rest.
“And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”
The verse today is referred to frequently, and often quoted with the remaining two verses of the chapter.
“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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus invites labourers to come unto Him.
In this verse we can learn many things.
The invitation is for those who labour.
This means more than punching a clock or spending eight hours behind a desk at the office. This is labouring with a burden. A burden for others. A burden for souls.
We also find that those who labour will find themselves “heavy laden”.
When the burden is nearly too much to bear alone.
The solution to our heavy laden-ness is to simply come to Him.
“Come unto me…”
What comfort there is in coming to Him!
A Resource and Solution that we neglect far too often.
Along with the Solution, there is a promise.
“…and I will give you rest.”
We could try to define exactly what is meant by “rest” here, but no definition would be sufficient…for He is everything we could possibly need.
“…and I will give you ______________.”
The rest found in Him is better than a blank check… no value can be placed on it.
If you are weary and burdened down today from your labour, He is still inviting.
“Come unto me…I will give you rest.”
2 Samuel 3-4 | 1 Corinthians 8
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