“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.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
Rest In My Presence
Stop. Slow down. Take a deep breath. Give yourself a break. Get some rest. Those are words that I really need to hear. I have been running myself into the ground. I am weary. I am worn out. Taking a break and getting some rest sounds so inviting to me. Then you have heard my invitation. I am calling you to come to me. I will give you rest. I will help you to lay your burdens down. Come to me. Rest in my presence. Let me revive and refresh your life. Let me help you to set your burdens down.
What has the frantic place of your life done for you? How have you benefited from running from one thing to another? Has all your activity born an abundance of fruit for my kingdom? Has your weariness brought glory to my name? Has your life been a bold and bright witness for me? Do others look at your life with great admiration? Do you have what others want? Are others attracted to what you have? No, not hardly. I’m glad that you know that. Why is that?
I know that you hunger to know me. I know that you thirst for an intimate relationship with me. You want what I want. We both want the same thing. I want you to know me. I want you to live fully for me. I want you to hold on to me as I hold on to you. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. Come now and rest in my presence.
I have a completely new and different life for you to live. What kind of life do you have for me? Give up on your pride. Leave your independence. Let me refresh you. Let me revive you. Let me teach you all that I want you to know. Let me mold and shape you into who I want you to be. Humbly come to me. Rely on me. Trust me with your life. Do what I ask of you. Go where I guide you. Live the life that I will give to you. You will bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. You will be a bold and bright witness for me. Others will be drawn to me through the witness and testimony of your life. Will you come to me now? Will you make it your priority to rest in my presence so that you can hear from me? Will you listen to all that I want to teach you? Will you live the life that I give you to live? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, thank you for calling me to come to rest in your presence. I’m weary and burdened. Life has beaten me up. Refresh my life. Relieve me of my burdens. I’m here now to humbly learn from you. Teach me how to take on your yoke and carry your burden. Amen
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