When we arrived home from our Memorial Day week-end we were tired. I mean bone tired. I’m talking almost can’t stay awake to drive home tired. We made it. We were blessed all week-end but what we did took a lot out of us.
We made it home late Sunday night so that we would have Monday to recover. If recovery means napping off and on all day then we surely did recover.
Jesus must have had tired moments. As He looked out across Jerusalem and wept. He knew how they lived was lower living than God’s plan. As He sat on the Mount of Olives and attempted to teach His disciples about the Kingdom. He saw how easily they were distracted. As He rode into Jerusalem on the donkey, although he was met with such a wonderful response, He knew that in just a few short days the crowd would turn ugly. As He walked up Golgotha, bearing the burden of the cross and the sins of all mankind, His body was already worn out from being whipped, beaten and humiliated. Jesus knew what it was like to be tired.
Yet Jesus encourages us all “I will give you rest.” How was He able to give rest even though He had tired moments Himself? Could it be that He had a strength beyond the flesh? Can we have that same strength?
God speaks to my heart. You may do so many good things. But good things are no substitute for My inspiration and your obedience. Good can be a great betrayer and deceiver especially when you get so very busy. My ways bring peace, deliver comfort and promise rest. If you are feeling frazzled, stop for a moment in My presence and let Me give you real rest. You don’t need more money, more time, more energy or more things. You just need Me.
Oh beloved, whatever it is that you are beating yourself up to get done, maybe it’s time to sit for a moment at the Father’s feet. Look at Jesus and contemplate His Words and take them in for yourself. Through Christ, you have been given all the resources for Kingdom living and Kingdom purpose.
God loves you and He’s for you. Rest in those promises and find your renewed energy abounding.
Matthew 11:28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Psalm 136:23 He remembered us in our weakness. His faithful love endures forever.
john 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
Mark 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He [Jesus] said to them, “Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” NIV
Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Amplified)