Devotion: Rest

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28‭-‬30 NKJV

Come to Me, were the first words on my mind a few minutes ago. Jesus invites us to come to Him and receive rest. Psalm 55:22 says if we will cast our burden on the Lord, He will sustain us. God never intended for us to walk alone, that is why Jesus said the Father would send the Holy Spirit. He is our comforter, teacher, and counselor.

The yoke of Jesus is one of loving obedience and communion with the Father. When we spend time in the Scripture, and when we submit our requests to the Lord, rolling our care onto Him, we will find rest.

Hebrews tells us we have a High Priest who can sympathize with our weakness. Jesus is at the right hand of the Father praying for us. We can take comfort in that. Life may have ups and downs but He will be with us through it all.

REFLECT:

1 Peter 5:6-10 AMPC “Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you, Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully. [Ps. 55:22.] Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset–rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined], knowing that the same (identical) sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood (the whole body of Christians) throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you.”

Read Psalm 23.

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