Matthew 11:20-30; Leviticus 13; Proverbs 25
I hear a lot of weary people talking. “I’m tired.” “I don’t know why I’m so tired, but I am.” Some have great responsibilities and the burdens of those responsibilities would tire anyone. Some just never take the time to stop. Some stay up late and are forced to wake up early when all they need is a little more sleep. (Yes, I’m talking about my students and often me!) As the world seems to move faster each day, it’s harder and harder to deal with all that is happening and we become weary.
Jesus speaks to us as our heads are nodding and our eyelids are drooping: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Too often we are weary because we take all of our burdens on ourselves and the strain wears us out. We don’t have anyone we trust to help us deal with all of the issues we are facing and so we continue dealing with our problems and the problems of others with no rest. We live by the creed, “If you want it done right, do it yourself” and rather than delegate responsibilities, we hold them to ourselves. Aside from being weary, we end up with headaches, high blood pressure and other diseases and in the midst of all of this; Jesus still calls us to Himself so that we might have rest.
I think we almost have an aversion to rest. There are Proverbs that remind us not to rest that when taken out of context give the appearance that any form of rest will lead to trouble. Our bodies, our souls, our spirits all need rest. And so Jesus offers us that time to go to Him and get rest. We rest physically when we focus on Him. We rest mentally and emotionally when we discuss our burdens with Him and allow Him to take responsibility. We rest spiritually when we understand that rather than making all depend on us, we let Jesus take our burdens and use His guidance to take us through the day. A pastor friend once said, “Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is take a nap.” So today, rest in Jesus and let Him be in charge. It’s amazing what that will do for you.