Rest for the Weary

Have you grown weary? Are you looking for relief? Do you long for a time of peace rather than struggle? Is your desire to go away to a secret place to acquire the peace you desire? Have you looked to the One who can give you rest?

We live in a time of weariness. We have grown weary of the pandemic, political fighting, war between nations, and any number of reasons causing unrest. We long for rest. We long for peace. We long for simpler times.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “I just wish we could get back to normal,” I would be a very rich man. Yet, I don’t believe what we thought was normal just a few years ago will ever be again. For crying out loud, we don’t even have baseball now.

On the other hand, I’m not sure I want to go back to a point in my life when I was scraping change together to buy bread and milk to get by until payday. That normal can stay long gone for me. What I have learned is this, there is no normal, there is only today and possibly tomorrow. Now, don’t get me wrong. I plan for next week, next month, next year, and even for years down the road when I will retire (I hope). But I cannot change yesterday and, in many cases, I don’t want to go back to it either. I’m betting you don’t want to go back either, if you spend just a little time thinking about it.

So, where does that leave us? We still desire rest. Jesus tells us to come to Him and He will give us rest. It may not always be physical rest. However, it is rest for our souls, which is far more important. When our soul is at rest, the worries of the world roll off us like water off a duck’s back.

I want to encourage each one of you to go before God with a humble heart and ask Him for rest. Seek Him out, relieve yourself of your worldly worries, and accept His gift of rest. You will be amazed at how your view of the world will change.

I pray we all go to Jesus for rest. I pray we accept His offer to give us rest. I pray each one of us take on the lighter burden of Jesus and relieve ourselves of the burdens of this world. Give up being weary. Accept rest from Jesus. Find rest for your soul. Humble yourself before God. Learn from Jesus. Bear the lighter burden.

Matthew 11:28-30 “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.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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