Come To Me

Jesus says, “Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…”

We all go somewhere when we feel weary…when the burdens of life get heavy.

Where do you go?  to the TV…to bed…to a drink…to the fridge…to the office…

So many things beckon our attention and give us the illusion of offering rest.

Binging on TV for hours numbs our brain and temporarily distracts us from the mundaneness of life.  Crawling in bed and hiding under the covers gives us the illusion of hiding from stress. Getting lost in a drink deceives us into thinking that our troubles are melting away. Stuffing our face when we’re not hungry deludes us into feeling comforted. Distracting ourselves with work fools us into falsely escaping from our responsibilities.

But, Jesus says “Come to me all who are weary and burdened…”

So, why don’t more of us go to Him, when we’re weary?

Is it possible that if we go to Him, first, we might not seek second-rate comforts?

Sometimes, at the end of the day after the kids have gone to bed, I’ll reach for my Bible and journal before reaching for the remote. {I don’t do this all the time. I mean I am human.} But after I do, certain things of this world suddenly become less appealing.

Something happens to us when in our weariness we, first, seek Jesus. Our minds get renewed. Our hearts get purified. Our spirit gets strengthened.

Never have I finished a TV binge session and thought, “Wow, I feel so renewed.” I usually feel just as tired and bored as I did before I started.

Nothing else can offer true rest. They only offer a temporary distraction from our weariness.

But Jesus,…He promises rest for your soul (Matthew 11: 29).

Soul-level rest, not just physical rest. Rest that has the power to quench dry bones, revive shriveled hearts, and lift heavy spirits.

Jesus says, “…learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart”

He wants to teach us.

Are we ready to learn?


 

Reflect

Where do you tend to go for rest? Do you long to experience a soul-level kind of rest? Spend some time with Jesus. This may mean pouring your heart out to Him or this may mean sitting in silence while you listen. This may mean meditating on scripture or it may mean journaling your thoughts as you reflect on a verse. It doesn’t have to look a certain way.

Ask Him to help you be intentional about going to Him, first, when you are feeling weary and burdened?


 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

for I am gentle and humble in heart,

and you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

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Make Me

Whenever I read Psalm 23, I get hung up on one particular verse.

If you’re not familiar with this passage, it begins like this…

1 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters;

3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake…

{I encourage you to pick up a bible and read the rest of the passage.}

It’s verse 2 that I get hung up on…, “He makes me lie down in green pastures.”

“He makes me…” Never mind what comes after that. It’s those first few words that get me.

HE. MAKES. ME.

My first reaction is to revert back to my rebellious adolescence and shout, “YOU CAN’T MAKE ME!”

I’m an adult in my mid-30’s, yet my initial gut reaction is still to resist and retaliate…, “You can’t make me…”

But isn’t that exactly why He MUST make us. Because without His authority, we might never stop. We’ll keep going and doing and striving and climbing…. We’ll stay busy and distracted until our heads spin out of control or until we can’t feel anything anymore. Until, finally, we crash and burn.

In His authority, there is love and protection. In making us lie down, His desire is to save us from the crash and burn. His love wants to shield us from the busyness and distraction that threatens to destroy our hearts and our relationships.

He wants to make us lie down IN GREEN PASTURES

Soft, green grass

A stream gently flowing nearby

The sun shining on our face

Lying under a clear blue sky

Perfect. Peace. Rest.

 Let Him lead you.

Let Him restore you.

Let Him make you…lie down.

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Reflect

In your life, are you experiencing this kind of rest that comes from the Father? If not, why not?

If your heart longs to experience this kind of rest, spend some silent time with God. Tell Him just how weary or lost you feel. Then, listen and allow Him to “whisper” to your heart.

Is there a certain area of your life that feels out of control? Surrender it to Him. Ask Him to show you how to accept and experience His guidance in this area of your life.


 

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