I am weary and worn down. The pace of Home Service has definitely taken its toll. We’ve been on the road for almost two months, and it’s exhausting. Living out of suitcases, constantly reorganizing them, dealing with children who are overtired and overwhelmed, living in hotels, and so on…it can be a bit wearying. So often in our lives, we are worn down by the pace of life or the things it throws at us. Sometimes it’s one misfortune after another. Other times it’s just all that it takes to keep this life going: work schedules and grocery shopping, food preparation and cleaning out the gutters, broken appliances and storms that damage our cars or homes adding just one more thing to that ever-growing, never-ending list.
Amidst that which wearies us, there are sometimes glimpses of respite: for a day or two everything is caught up in the house and at work, and we can enjoy that for which we labor. We find rest in the homes of family and friends amidst our weary travels, and for a few days the children have their room and Mommy and Daddy have another. The Lord’s people in every place welcome you with love and joy, give you gifts, and rejoice with you. A neighbor pops by with a hot meal during a particularly bad week. Grandma and Grandpa take the kids for a night or two. A son or daughter comes to visit and take care of those chores we can no longer handle.
There is, though, rest and a respite that lasts much longer, that goes much deeper. Jesus says,
“All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:27-30 ESV).
As it turns out, all these little oases of rest point us to something more. They point us to a rest that is not a feeling or a moment or a state of being. They point us to a rest that is the result of a promise. They point us to a rest that is a Person. Christ Jesus is our promised rest, promised to us and to all in the covenant God made with His people. No matter what wearies our souls and our bodies, Jesus comes with a rest that is always ours and which endures. Each Sunday we are renewed in this rest as He comes to us in His Body and Blood, refreshing us with His presence for us. When all else passes away, we will rest in Him, both body and soul, for all eternity.
Let us Pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You are our rest; grant that our weary bodies and souls continually find rest and refreshment in You and in Your gifts of Body and Blood so that we may be strengthened for this life and finally rest with You in all eternity; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
- Did you miss last week’s devotion? You can read it here.