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Apr3FriApril 3, 2020 by Dr. Peggy Banks
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
As we dig deeper into the meaning of godly rest, I want to draw our attention to the first three words of the verse above: “Come to me …”
Matthew, the author of this Gospel, was working as a tax collector when Jesus approached him. Jesus said, “Follow me,” and Matthew stood up, left his job and followed the Master (Matt. 9:9). What did it take for Matthew to make the decision to leave everything and follow a man he had just met? Perhaps he did it because of what he heard Jesus say in the Sermon on the Mount. Or maybe he had witnessed Jesus’ healings and teaching as he travelled throughout the region.
Do you think you would make that kind of change in your life to follow Jesus? To allow his Word to affect your life so much that it would change your character and behaviour?
And sometimes, like John the Baptist in Matthew 11:2-3, we doubt that Jesus is who he says he is. Have you ever been there? Your life isn’t going as you think it should, and facing real difficulties, you ask God, “Where are you? Aren’t you supposed to be the one who helps me?”
Godly rest seeks more time in God’s Word: The refresh button on our internet browsers updates the currently displayed web page. Similarly, when we come to God’s Word with our burdens, doubts and difficulties, we hit the refresh button of our hearts to update our thoughts and desires with the thoughts and desires of God. Rest in Christ allows our hearts and minds to be refreshed to see the truth in God’s Word and to find the freedom we long for (John 8:31-32).
Godly rest moves us closer to Jesus: When times are difficult, Jesus wants us to come to him first! If we love God and know his love for us, we would desire more of him and believe his power and truth are greater than our own. Yet I know how easy it is to put other things that seem important in the place of our alone time with Jesus.
I pray as we continue to walk this journey together that we will all grow hungrier for time alone with Jesus. Today, sit down alone with Jesus, give him all that is in your hands and heart, and receive his refreshing love and thoughts for you.
In him our hearts rejoice,
Dr. Peggy Banks
Global Ministry Director // TWR Women of Hope
*adapted from original article