My Sunday School class has been looking at the Sabbath and the whole idea of the Sabbath rest of God. My husband Kevin and I have talked about this at length. Since we are just in the beginning of our study, I want to leave my heart open to the things God wants to teach me through this. So I will only share a short query/insight.
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28
Are we living in His rest?
As are most things in the OT, I believe the Sabbath was pointing to Jesus. He tells us:
“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.” Matt 11:29-30
Are we feeling like our spiritual walks have an easy load or do we feel heavy and weighed down? Are we living our lives out of duty and rules? Are we sensing the peace and fulness of joy that He promised us?
So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. Heb 4:9-10
What burdens are you holding on to that He wants you to let go of?
You may not even think you have things you are holding on to. But if you are not experiencing the deep and abiding rest of God, then you HAVE burdens in your arms that He wants to take from you.
Now I am not talking about the trials and hardships of our lives. But about the joy and peace in the midst of any circumstance. Are you still able to REJOICE in the goodness of God, even when you are hurting or struggling with every day life situations?
My prayer for each one of you is that you are able to lay those burdens down and enter His rest!
May you be filled with the peace and joy of His Spirit today as you take His burden, which is light, as you lay your own heavy burden of trying to be ‘good enough’ at the foot of the cross!
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