Rest

What is inside of people that keeps them on the go? There  seems to be a constant searching for something that will satisfy. In the final analysis you’ll probably find the pursuit of many is for rest. Not the rest needed after a hard day at work. There is a desire for rest inside; deep in the soul. Some look for that rest by going to movies or sporting events, or to bars, looking for peace and fulfillment in entertainment, or cars, or books, or even in wealth. Can someone find rest in money? As soon as you start accumulating more and more, you begin to worry how to keep it safe. Pleasure seekers search for satisfaction and seem to obtain it nightly, only to find it has disappeared by the morning. Where can rest he found? Jesus said. “Come unto me and I shall give you rest.” There’s that empty spot down deep inside that just won’t be filled with all the junk you keep piling into it. It’s a sinkhole that swallows up all earthly attempts to build upon it. It’s the spot that only Jesus can fill because, in reality, that abyss is the absence of God. “Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) Are you tired of carousing around every night? Is it a heavy burden to you knowing that you are doing bad things to yourself, but your desire for rest and comfort are so strong that you can’t control yourself. “Come unto me all…” means everybody, not just those good or respectable. Come, downhearted! Come, drunkards! Come, abandoned! “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” (I Pet. 5:7) He is not only ready to give us rest, but also to shoulder our burdens. Jesus knows what it’s like to be human. His disciples and those who followed him daily were ordinary people with that same emptiness that we, 2000 years later, are still trying to fill. 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. (Matt 11:29-30) Peace and rest. They are available to all at the cross of Christ. It is freely given but will cost you everything. Jesus must be #1. How badly does your soul need rest?

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