Rest for Our Souls

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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.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Rest seems to be in short supply for a lot of us.  Our schedules are too full.  Stress comes from every direction.  Worry and anxiety are constant companions.  And good, solid, sleep is hard to find.

We need rest.

But Jesus isn’t talking about physical rest here.  He’s talking about rest for our souls.  And though it’s certainly related to physical rest, it’s not the same thing.

Rest for our souls comes with the assurance that Jesus has taken the heavy burden of sin, death and hell for us.  Rest for our souls comes with the reminder that no matter what suffering, temptation or trial we’re enduring – it all ends well through faith in Christ.  Rest for our souls comes with the promise that Jesus teaches us and leads us in the midst of whatever is harassing us.

We still need physical rest.  Our minds and bodies have limitations, and when we attempt to exceed those, we pay for it.

But more important even than physical rest is rest for our souls.  And it’s found only in Jesus.   He’s the One who paid for our rest!

I’ve always loved the lyrics from this classic hymn:

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul

It is well (it is well)
With my soul (with my soul)
It is well, it is well with my soul!

Gracious Father in Heaven, You sent Jesus to bear our burdens for us, so that we might have rest for our souls in the midst of whatever challenges we face.  Remind us of His love, and continue to give us rest through faith in Him.  In His name, Amen.  

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