June 12th, 2019
I just finished an 11-hour workday. I am exhausted! Since taking this new job I start work in the early hours of the morning. That was my favored time to write the Selah Musings Devotional posts. Typically, they take several hours to complete, so either I would have to get up at 2-2:30 each morning to write them, or I had to shift my writing time to evening when I get home from work.
I’m not nearly as young as I used to be, so an 11-hour day is a real tax on my system. I suppose if I were in better shape it might not weigh so heavy on me but, that is a goal which I’m working up to. Till then adjusting to the work schedule will take some time, but with the Lord’s help I think I will get there.
Considering how weary my body was tonight after supper, I thought a discussion on rest, might be good to consider; specifically, the rest that God blesses us with, if we allow him.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 (HCSB)
It sounds a bit counter intuitive really, finding rest in exerting effort. The reason for this is because we tend to burden ourselves with so many things that God never intended us to bear.
It isn’t until we lay those burdens at Jesus’ feet and take up our cross and follow him we realize we are pulling a much lighter load than we ever have before.
In fact, when that load becomes too heavy for us, he is ready, willing and able to step in and lend a hand, lifting us up when we fall and carry us where we can no longer endure.
Laboring for the Lord isn’t taxing, it doesn’t place us in a depleted state. In fact, service to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is restorative!
Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send Jesus, who has been appointed for you as the Messiah.
Acts 3:19-20 (HCSB)
Who would have thought God ties repentance directly to refreshing? This shouldn’t come as any surprise whatsoever to those who have given their hearts to Jesus, because we only need to reflect on the moment, we surrendered our lives to him. There was an immediate transformation that took place in us, leaving us with an exuberance and joy we had no idea would take place by giving up our will in favor of someone else’s.
It’s also why the world can’t envision a situation where people would surrender what they believe to be rightfully belong to them. We are all about our rights, but the reality of the situation is that if what we rightfully have coming, we’d be heading for hell’s fire, because we’ve earned that right to pay for our own sins.
Jesus feels that his ‘right’ is much better. He felt it right he would die on the cross to purchase our salvation. Not only did he feel he had that right, he executed that right and took on the sins of the entire earth!
In doing this he gave us a new set of rights too.
But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:12-13 (HCSB)
What an amazing right to inherit by virtue of our adoption into God’s family, “the right to be children of God”!
Last Sunday we entered into a discussion surrounding the question of if we would or would not give our lives to Christ if we felt there was no heaven or hell. It really wasn’t surprising to me at all that the majority of brothers and sisters in our class didn’t have to think about it and immediately indicated that while heaven was a wonderful thing to anticipate, they would follow Jesus if the only reward we received was the blessings he imparts on us day by day.
So, if you are weary as I am tonight, just remember, Jesus has provisioned a means of lightening our load, by placing our burdens on him.
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Psalms 55:22 (HCSB)
Jesus wants to take our burdens and restore us to the fellowship He had with Adam and Eve in the Garden. If you read the scripture from cover to cover you quickly come to understand that this wonderful book outlines God’s grand plan to restore his creation and claim ultimately the one part of his creation he treasures beyond all else; you and me.
He doesn’t call for us to be weary. He wants us to rest in him. If you are “Seeking Rest”, Jesus has the market cornered on bountiful rest!
In the Grace of Jesus!
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