“A Lifetime of Rest”
It’s here… Monday…Monday means work, Monday means school, and Monday means gym. Mondays are so mundane. Mondays help us develop a greater appreciation for the weekend.
Weekends are so wonderful. Weekends provide people all across the world an opportunity to pause from the rigors of life and spend a couple of days doing whatever they so please.
It’s always nice to have a break, because quite frankly, life is hard; there are bills to pay, kids to raise, jobs to attend, and classes to pass.
Aside from the physical, mundane aspects of life, Christians are also engaged in spiritual warfare. The devil is constantly trying to tempt us, discourage us, and keep us off course.
Juggling the routine aspects of life while trying to flee from sin can be a pretty laborious task.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just have a lifetime of rest? I’m happy to tell you, we can.
I’m reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew 11:28, 29, He says:
“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.”
Our Heavenly Father has sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into this world to give us what no one else can give—rest from the burdens of sin. In order to obtain this rest, Christ tells His disciples in the above passage to “learn from Him”.
We learn from Him by being absorbed in His word.
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).”
Those who are absorbed in the word of God will learn truths that will comfort, encourage, strengthen, and protect them from both the physical and the spiritual burdens of life.
If we are daily meditating on, consumed in, and are practicing what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, and worthy of praise, we will be lavished with God’s peace and love (Philippians 4:8, 9) this peace is greater than what any weekend can offer. The peace of God brings forth a lifetime of rest and true happiness.
- Timothy G. Ruffin