Abiding Monday: Finding True Rest
Matthew 11:28-29 Then Jesus said “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest.” (NLT)
I often get sick of hearing myself say “I’m so tired” and actually feeling that way. It’s common as mom’s (or dad’s for that matter) to feel tired, because let’s face it, we don’t get the sleep we physically need. Add to that the constant emotional stress of being “needed” 24 hours a day and it is enough to drive a person insane. So how can we find true rest when we barely get enough sleep to function? The answer is simple… rely on Jesus.
For me personally, this could not have been a more poignant thing over the last 5 months. My husband was laid off in June and is still unemployed. I have dealt with constant pain that has led to two surgeries and an uncertainty of our family’s future. But God is so faithful. I have found rest and peace in Him during this time. Jesus says in Matthew to take His yoke upon us because His burden is light and that it will give us rest. What an awesome thing our Savior has promised us! All we have to do is believe in Him and trust Him with our burdens and He will give us rest! He doesn’t give us more trouble or worries. Just simple, perfect rest.
I guess then the question comes, how do you fully give Him your burdens? Develop and nurture your relationship with Him and it will be easy to cast your cares on Him in faith. Dawn mentioned being in a funk last week and how reviving her quiet times helped to bring her out of it. When you are holding on to Jesus and loving on Him daily, you learn to trust Him more and feel Him loving on you. You learn that He is faithful to fulfill His promises to you. The Lord promised in Exodus 33:14 that His “Presence will go with you and give you rest” (NIV). Let it go and let God grant you His promise of rest! You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel!
Jesus promises that those who know Him find this beautiful rest. Do you know Him? Do you really know Him? Just believe He is the Son of God, that He died for your sins and then rose to Heaven to intercede for you with the Father and you can find this perfect rest! If you have more questions, please contact us at The Mom Crowd. We’d love to pray with you and help you.
Dear Lord, thank you for being so faithful to fulfill Your promises. Please help me to trust in You that when I lay down my burdens at Your feet, You take them and give me rest. Help me to know that You bring the only rest that is worthy of seeking and that it will be more satisfying than any worldy rest I can find. In Your Name, Amen.