It’s what I’m craving. Yet I find myself constantly working and striving, relying on my own strength. Even when I attempt to rest I’m worried that I’m not working and I don’t really rest. It’s an endless cycle.
Are you in need of true rest today too?
Let’s pause. Take a minute to read the words of Jesus. I think we will find rest for our weary souls.
Matthew 11: 28 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
This verse is a command from Jesus. It’s not a recommendation or request. It’s a command for “all of you who are weary and burdened.” Are you weary and burdened? If so, then this command is for you!
It’s a call to come to Jesus. Yes, it seems to be a simple and obvious command. But I have to be honest. When I’m burdened or weary, He’s not always the first one I turn to. Sometimes I rely on my own strength and keep working harder. Other times I go to people. Even though this command is straightforward, I have a hard time obeying it.
Truthfully, it’s a command that we should want to follow.
Jesus explains why. Because He “will give [us] rest.” Notice the certainty of this statement: Jesus doesn’t say “I might give you rest;” He says that He will. It’s a promise.
So, what does it look like to come to Jesus? It looks like spending time with Him reading our Bible, praying, and listening to worship songs or our favorite preachers preach. It looks like writing and spending time in the quiet outside, observing nature. It is a call to do whatever it is that makes us feel a connection to Him. Not out of obligation or duty, but because we love Him and He provides rest. True rest.
To come to Jesus also means to cease striving. Yes, we work hard and do our best, but we trust God with the outcome of that hard work.
Are you tired? Weary? Worn out? Take heart. Go to Jesus, the giver of rest.
 The Holy Bible, The New International Version, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2011).
About The Author
Laura Courtney lives in Dallas, Texas and is working toward her Master of Theology at Dallas Theological Seminary. She loves teaching and writing about the Bible. Her passion is to see people fall more deeply in love with God and His word. Laura currently serves as an intern for HeartStrong Faith.