Rest for the Weary

Rest for the Weary

Psalm 91:1 (NLT) Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

I’m quite sure that you have heard the saying, that “there is no rest for the weary.” It feels like it sometimes. The responsibilities weigh heavy upon us demanding more out of the 24 hours given in each day. It also has a humorous truth attached that one’s heavy workload and lack of tranquility is due to one’s own choices. Sad but true as well. There must be a balance of work and rest in our life for proper prosperity that is Biblically promised. Those who live in the shelter of the Most High (God) will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 23:1-32 (NLT) The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength.

Do you feel as though this statement applies to you? No rest for the weary. The hits just keep on coming. If I don’t do it, nobody else will. The children need me. Work demands my time. I have to do this and do that. Can you stop just for a moment and let’s talk about this busyness? Busyness is often produced by pride as a platform of self-importance. To rest can often be misconstrued as laziness which is not the case. There is enough time in each day to work and rest. God set aside one day a week just for us to rest called the Sabbath. Funny how the enemy can even twist servanthood into a heavy weight and overwhelming burden sometimes.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. The foundation of our faith is knowledge of God. Who He is? What He promises? His Faithfulness and Goodness as our Shepherd is vitally important to finding rest in this lifetime. It is not enough to call Him Lord and even follow close behind, but we must also believe that God has provided all that we need. Tough sometimes to see the forest for the trees when it comes to provision. Our mind often plays tricks on us. God is a great provider. However, our finite human vision often only sees what is right in front of us not its potential. Just talk to the woman with a small jar of oil, who once she began pouring it had enough to fill huge jars, pay all her debt and provide for her family. She had it all along and when she followed God’s Instructions her burden was relieved by it!

Did you know that the saying, “No rest for the weary” is actually derived from the Bible? Isaiah 57:21 says, “There is no peace for the wicked, says GOD” Could it be a sin not to rest? Or maybe just evidence of unresolved trust issues with the Lord. Quite possibly. Those who cannot rest in the Lord are dependent on self-reliance which is not God’s Way of doing things. The implication of responsibility for my life is simply no longer true because I now belong to Jesus.

I John 5:3 (NLT) Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

Could it be that believer are working harder not smarter? The Lord has set forth guidelines and parameters to live by for His People. He is the Good Shepherd leading us. His Guidance includes rest. If we are not at peace or experiencing rest, it is not on Him but on us. Loving God means keeping His Commands. His Commands are not burdensome. God has not placed heavy loads and burdens on His People. In fact, Jesus offers to be yoked with us to shoulder the cares and responsibilities of life and teach how to live in His Rest and Peace.

Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)  Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

The blessing of the Lord comes with no sorrow added to it. If the enemy cannot stop God’s Blessing on your life, he will certainly try to diminish it with worries, cares, anxiety and stress. Jesus invites us to come and share those burdens with Him. He longs to give us rest. He wants to be yoked together. He wants to teach us the way of total trust that thrusts our burdens to God. He longs to humble our heart with the revelation that there is no such thing as human control. I cannot make things happen. God has already scripted my life, prescribed every promise and handwritten my purpose. I must simply trust Him. The yoke of trust is difficult at first but over time it is the welcome relief from bondage to fear and doubt because God is faithful!

Psalm 51:12 (NLT) Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

Rest is a command of God. No rest for the weary is a lie of the enemy. There is always rest for those who desire it. Those who discipline their heart and mind to trust the Lord and stop trying to do it all themselves. God is faithful. He is a good Shepherd. He is a wonderfully loving, caring and attentive Father. It is up to us to find our way to Him through His Son – Jesus. In doing so, we claim the rest that the world covets. I declare rest over your mind, body and soul today in Jesus Name. Lay down the heavy burdens of responsibility and enter into His Presence. He will restore the joy of salvation that only peace can provide. Obedience in service is wonderful. Obedience in rest is essential.

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