Wednesday, January 21, 2009

"I will give your rest"

"Rest"- what a foreign concept today it seems.  We live in such a busy and rushing society that if we attempt to rest then we are fearful of being labeled as "lazy" or "weak".  But God's Word clearly speaks of rest.  If God rested on the seventh day then we also need to take time to rest.

At times lately I like to look at well known scriptures that we sometimes seem to know so well that we lose the meaning.  As I was reading lately in Matthew 11:28-30, I was reminded of the rest that is offered in Christ.  Jesus clearly tells us to come to Him and give him our loads, whether that be work, exhaustion from busyness, stresses, burdensome situations, etc.  He then goes on to tell us in verse 30 that "The burden that I ask you to accept is easy; the load I give you to carry is light."  Why is it that we want to hold on to our burdens when He tells us that what He will give us in exchange is light?  In our Sunday night Bible study this past week we were talking about how to hear from God and I made the statement that "sometimes we don't allow ourselves to hear from God because we are afraid of what He might have us to do."  Its like we unconsciously sabotage ourselves to miss out on what God has in store for us.  I think the same goes for this set of scripture that sometimes we like holding onto our own burdens for security because we are afraid of what God might call us to do if we exchange our burden for His calling.

Think about that today, are we holding onto anything that is holding us back.  Are you willing to accept His burden?  Accepting the burden may be a scary thing, and awkward thing to say you are accepting a burden, but the blessings of God's providence and the call itself will far outweigh.  Oh yeah, He also promises rest in the process.

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