Rest for the Weary

Author: Savannah Coleman — Host: Natty AndersonPosted on: November 7, 2022

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Rest for the Weary

The nightmares had started again. It had only been a few nights, and
already I felt like I was sleepwalking through the days—pure exhaustion
from the moment I opened my eyes. As the shower water beat down on my weary
head, I prayed a prayer of the strength-sapped: “God, help.” Immediately,
the words of Jesus filled my mind: “Come to me, all you who are weary and
burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). How easy it is to
forget, especially when you’re tired: the thing the weary need most of all
is to come to Jesus for rEsther When I endure days or even weeks of that
mind-numbing exhaustion, I tend to flit from one task to the next
throughout the day, keeping physically busy until I’m about to drop.
Sometimes, the one thing I fail to do is the very thing I need most of all:
to find my rest in Jesus. After several failed attempts to sit and open up
my Bible, my rampaging thoughts stilled enough for me to sit at the feet of
Jesus. As I read through Psalm 62, my heart lifted. I found my heart
echoing David’s words: “Truly my soul finds rest in God…Yes, my soul, find
rest in God…Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to
him” (verses 1, 5, 8). The Bible has hundreds of verses about rEsther Taking
time to sleep and care for our bodies is important, and the rest that’s
even more crucial for our lives is found in the presence of Jesus. In Luke
10:38-42, when Jesus visited Martha’s house, He encouraged her to remember
the one thing that was more important than all the things she needed to get
done: sitting at His feet. Jesus offers us rest in His presence. As we
spend time in His Word, in prayer, and with His people, He gives us the
spiritual rest our souls crave. We can embrace the soul-rest God offers by
pouring out our hearts to Him and allowing His unfailing love to fill us
up. • Savannah Coleman • When do you find it difficult to rest? • Why do
you think it’s important to spend time pouring out our hearts to Jesus and
being reminded of His love, both individually and with other Christians? •
Sleep is an important part of our physical and emotional health. Sometimes,
we need help in order to give our bodies the sleep we need, and that’s
okay. If you’re having difficulty sleeping, who is a trusted adult you can
talk to, such as a parent, counselor, or doctor? “Come to me, all you who
are weary and burdened, and I [Jesus] will give you rEsther ” Matthew 11:28


Read Verses:

Matthew 11:25-Matthew 12:8; Psalm 62