“I Will Give You Rest”
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The Master beckons us to “learn of me.” In this He calls us first to “Come unto” Him and issues the promise of His “rest” to those who do – “ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Ever feel the need for true “rest” deep in your soul?
Beloved, just how many times do we toil instead of coming to Him? Are not pride and self-sufficiency at the root of our delay in coming to Him? How much we truly forfeit when we do not take everything to God in prayer! Father forgive us! How many times we “labour and are heavy laden” with suffering and sin and delay to confess it in repentance and receive immediate forgiveness and refreshing from Him who bled to instantly omit it all and clear our conscience! LORD Jesus quicken us to “come unto” Thee who is our blessed hope, life, and our salvation!
When we “come unto” Jesus we bask in the love of “the God of all comfort” who undertakes our cause because He promised that if we “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” (2 Cor. 1:2-4; James 4:8) When we return to Him, casting off pride, unbelief, self-effort, and reliance, we are blessed to “learn of” Him, whereby we “find rest” deep in our hearts from the Savior whose “yoke is easy” and whose “burden is light.”
Jesus is saying “I will give you rest” and do My good pleasure in your life if you will “Come unto me.” Isn’t Jesus saying in effect: “Come to Me my beloved. I love you and want to conform your life to Mine and to ease your burdens in My love and grant rest to your soul, so come to Me and let’s commune. I want to work in your life but you must choose to come to Me for this deeper work and communion to transpire. Come before Me and I will continue that good work of conforming you into my image that I begun the day I saved you.”
He said “ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price.” (1 Cor. 6:19-20) The LORD saved us for His purpose and not ours and will He not cause our lives to be “conformed to the image of his Son” and “freely give us all things” needed to accomplish this when we come to Him?
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son...He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:29, 32
Prayer to return home, coming to to Him afresh: Father, I thank You that You are a good God. I this moment come to Thee and to Jesus Christ my LORD and Savior. Bless me to know You deeper today LORD. I love You. I confess that I have not sought You as I should and ask You to forgive that sin and all other sins I have committed against You. Cleanse me and quicken me to make amends wherever needed, where I have offended others. Father please cause Your holy love to overflow in my life onto others. Amen.
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