REST FOR THE WEARY

We all get weary. Sometimes, the weariness is natural but at other times, it is not. Sickness, pain (emotional, physical, name them all), unrest of the mind/heart, doubts, losses in all forms and many other experiences can bring weariness on us. However, weariness can come from good experiences too.

It is a pleasant thing when you are wearied because of the activities of a fruitful day. You are so delighted. Reflecting on the success shoots adrenaline into your blood. You are weary, but you feel like you can still achieve more. In the sweetness of your thoughts, you are finally swept away into repose.

The reverse experience is not uncommon. You feel frustrated, angry, cheated, lonely, depressed and afraid. You pace the room time and time again, you are lost in your thoughts. You look at the clock and you cannot believe how far into the night you have been awake, but you are still awake anyway. You are weary but not for any good reason. Your being awake has not ameliorated the situation but still, you won’t sleep. Finally, you lie in bed and try to sleep but it doesn’t work. Your body is weak, your mind is getting weary but rest is no where to be found.

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YOU ARE NOT ALONE

The believer can be assured of real comfort. To the one relishing the day’s success, Jesus is within, going through your experience with you. Our heart’s attitude in times of victories is to give Him praise.

For the believer who walks through the streets of unpleasantness, the mind may gravitate towards focusing on the things which are seen, that is the hardship. Despite that, Lord Jesus is as present as He has ever been. The promise of Lord Jesus to be with His people always, even to the end of the age is sure. While He continuously abides in and with His people, some are not conscious of His Presence. You may not be sure, but be assured that Jesus Christ feels your pain.

In the time before the Messiah, the God of Israel, YAHWEH, never promised a smooth ride through His people’s journey on earth. They would taste the sweet and the bitter. However, YAHWEH gave them a promise: “He would always be with them.” (Isaiah 43:1-5). The Israelite knew that that promise meant victory for him.

When Lord Jesus had accomplished the Father’s Will of taking on the sins of the world and then rising from the dead, He gave His people an assurance that He would always be with them, even to the end of the age. Just like YAHWEH, Lord Jesus already told His disciples that hard times would come, it wasn’t going to be a whole jolly ride.

One may wonder why God gives us assurance of being with us as sufficient to take us through all the hurdles and difficulties in life. If only we truly know who God is, His loving kindness and omnipotence, we would be at rest in the fiercest storms. However, it is in going through the storms that we can have some knowledge of Who God Is.

It All Turns Out For Good

Paul had gone through several harsh and unfriendly situations, even meeting people who gave no qualms taking his life. Surprisingly, he writes to other believers (severally from prison) telling them how the painful occasions had only furthered the cause of Christ. He states a reassurance that he had learnt through hard times: “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

Paul was not a victim. The power of God was at work in Him. He had escaped death several times and had suffered great humiliation. But like Jesus Christ his Lord, Paul also learnt obedience to the Will of God through the things He suffered. Some Christians do not easily accept this. However, Scripture resound with the words of Jesus: “…In the world, you would have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

In our weariness, we can be sure that there is rest. Jesus says, “come to me, all you who are troubled and weighed down with care, and I will give you rest.”

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