Resist anything that keeps you from resting! Every time you give in to stress you never rest!
Stressful thinking only makes you fall short of rest! Thought life is the key to rest! Matthew 11:28
You know, we can write about resting in the Lord all day long! Yet putting it into practice is puts another spin to it. We struggle here because, simply put, we still want things our own way! Yes we ask the Lord for rest and comfort, yet in all reality, we want it on our terms. And wondering all the time why we cannot find that rest we so desperately need!
Jesus said, "Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." ESV
First Jesus invites us to come to Him. Do we really come before Him with the expectation or the confidence He will provide what He is offering? Next, do we truly believe, He understands we need rest from our burdens? And finally that He will give us exactly what we need, the rest we so desperately seek?
All we are asked to do is come, the rest is all up to Jesus to provide what He is offering to provide, rest! We have a faith choice, or lack of faith choice here. When we come to Him, what are we really coming to Him for? Are we saying, Jesus lift my burdens, yet deep inside not truly trusting that He will come through?
All Jesus asked us to do is come! Come before Him with a need He understands. A need He wants to fulfill in our lives so we can completely serve Him with peace and freedom. But the problem we run into is us, ourselves, we ask for something without surrender. Without complete faith in Jesus to provide something without our help. We cannot be pleasing to Him if we cannot completely trust in Him! Hebrews 11:6
When we come, He wants us to come before Him boldly and trusting, with complete surrender. He wants us to come before Him to be relieved from the stresses and pressures of life. He wants us to come before Him, and give all of us to Him and find rest! To give Him every stressful thought we may have, and find complete rest!
It is not just the stresses from a hard days work, it is all of life's stresses that come at us; He wants to carry. We need to do the hardest and most important part, COME! Without reservation, without doubt, with out our wanting to help, just come. It is with a broken and contrite heart, that Jesus can do more with us, then we can ever imagine.
Psalm 51:17-"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise." ESV
Hebrews 4:16-"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." ESV