This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary.
Rest in Jesus
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Wits’ end has many symptoms. Continual fatigue is one of them. Since we don’t consist of independent parts, it manifests itself in our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion. The basic premise is having come to the end of ourselves, not as a figure of speech, but in reality.
Currently, I’m exhausted and have been for quite some time. I wake up tired and it takes a lot to make myself get up and go to work. “Calling in sick” screams in my ears. When I come home, I just want to lay around and do nothing. Everything is a daunting task.
Today’s invitation is like an oasis in the blistering desert. Jesus’ call has no restraints. He invites us to come and find rest. Even our sins and backslidings are no deterrent for coming. The only qualification is exhaustion—those who feel they cannot go on anymore.
It doesn’t even say “pray to me,” since words may fail us at times. He doesn’t need our verbal expressions to understand our frailty. It simply says “come.” To me, there’s no greater comfort than to prostrate myself before Him, realizing He knows my deepest thoughts, feelings, and necessities.
His promise is clear! He will give us rest. Right before He stated “come to me,” He said: “. . . and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me . . .” Our rest is found in Jesus’ revelation of the Father and His everlasting love for us. To know Him and His love far surpasses any struggle or affliction.
Jesus also said that we’re to take His yoke upon us. Many times, our own activities are a source of exhaustion because we neglect to truly and continually come to Him. Regularly, we venture out without a significant time of prayer, seeking His will, guidance, and strength. His call to come isn’t just a one-time coming, but a continual coming. Are you doing so?
A yoke is “a wooden crosspiece that is fastened over the necks of two animals and attached to the plow or cart that they are to pull.” We are to surrender our own plans and activities and submit to His plan and activity. As we do so, we’ll discover He’s “gentle and lowly in heart.” He’ll be with us, carrying our burdens: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve . . .” (Mark 10:45). Indeed, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation” (Ps. 68:19).
Jesus, thank You for Your continuous invitation to find rest in You.
The Devotional Writer
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