Isn’t that what we’re all looking for and really needing?! Something we know our bodies crave but our minds won’t allow us to give in to?
I love this promise because I believe God knows how much we can put on ourselves, I believe He knows how difficult it would be to live a life out loud for Him and to do so with humility, grace, & boldness. I know He recognizes the heaviness and importance of the tasks He entrusts us with.
He knows how tired we can become of constantly giving to and serving those who have a sense of entitlement, are ungrateful, or clueless to the sacrifices and efforts we put into them. He knows we will struggle with temptation and feelings of inadequacy. We will become frustrated with the struggles and meeting the seemingly impossible needs of whatever tasks He’s put in front of us.
But, he promises to give us rest if we just go to Him. With His rest comes peace and joy. A renewed energy for building His kingdom and a refreshed perspective on what we’re doing and who we’re doing it for.
In the following verses He tells us to take on his load because his burdens are light. He contrasted our loads. His the much better option! And, advised us to learn his ways as he is humble and gentle.
(don’t we need to more humility and gentleness when serving and going about kingdom building work?!)
God cares for us. And, at times, sometimes all we need to do to feel better is unload all of our junk, our weariness, disappointments, and responsibilities onto someone who can take it all in and “silence us with their love”.
Don’t you usually feel better after a long talk with your friend? Or, parent?
Same concept except you’re going to someone who cannot fail you and who’s words will always be true.
We can give God our worries, sins, our issues, and stressors and receive grace in return. Rest, hope, and joy are waiting for us at the feet of our Savior!
…. here’s to our God’s promises to give us rest in all the heavy lifting of life?