Wrestling Ourselves to Rest

Day 6 of 21: January 16, 2024

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.

If we are feeling exhausted and weighed down, Jesus doesn’t say, “Work harder. Do more.” He says, “Come to Me.” When we are feeling weak and tired, the solution is not simply to pull yourself up by your bootstraps, but to sit at His feet and rest. The problem is that we want to rest watching TV, on our phones or engaged in some other hobby or pastime. There’s nothing wrong with appropriate recreation, as long as we are first spending time with the One who restores our soul (Psalm 23:3). I am a full-time mechanic and a full-time pastor. Sometimes, I need to swing a golf club or a lightsaber where I don’t have to think about the pressures of those two worlds. Even when I’m on the golf course, however, I am still listening to and engaging the Holy Spirit.

We must come to Jesus daily to find rest for our souls and not just our bodies. He wants to teach us how to live, and He will if we let Him and give Him time and room to do so. If we are feeling stressed or overburdened, it could be that we are taking upon ourselves more than God has given us grace for. When this happens, we must repent, re-present ourselves to Christ, and reprioritize our lives.

Lord, I love You. Thank You for today. Let Your kingdom come and will be done in my life as it is in heaven. I come to You today and ask that You would give me rest and teach me how to live a life of peace, purpose, and productivity. Give me wisdom that I may be pleasing to You. Amen.

Prayer Points
– Rest & Renewal
– Pastors
– Wisdom & grace
– Discernment to know what is the enemy, person, or divine.