Rest For The Weary

Rest For The Weary

“The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole, has been the
old story so blest, of Jesus, who’ll save whosoever will have a home
in the Haven of Rest.” The old hymn brings promise of a rest, both
now and eternally. One of the treasures we humans seek is rest. At
times, it seems beyond our grasp. A baby can’t get enough (ask any
new parent), the teenager certainly can’t (what teen hasn’t been
dragged out of bed on a weekend). Surely, they would sleep
forever. Many times I thought, when younger, that I couldn’t wait
to have my own house so I could sleep all I wanted. Alas, the day
came and I realized it was better at home. Bills, work and family
responsibilities robbed me of rest.
The thoughts of the average worker are focused on a weekend of
rest. However, the weekend has its harried schedule too. But, God
has designed Sunday to be a ‘haven of rest’. It is for us; not God.
This is the day we set aside to worship and thank God for His
blessings. A time to rest, reflect and probably nap.
But where is the real rest? Hebrews 4:9 reads, “There remaineth
therefore a rest to the people of God.” We think this refers to end of
life for the Christian, but we can find rest here on Earth too. We live
in a crazy world, but we don’t have to be totally affected by it. The
Bible says, “Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known unto God. And the peace (rest) of God, which passeth
all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
Jesus” (Php. 4:6-7-italics mine). God is saying we have no need to
worry. He bids us to focus on Him and the things of God.
Watching the news is enough to send us to the State Hospital, but if
we realize God is in control we should not fear. We can rest assured
in this life, amid the chaos, and in the life to come with the “Lily of
the Valley…the fairest of ten thousand to our souls.” My father
would say, work hard while you’re young, because there’s plenty of
time for sleep when you die. This wasn’t the type of assurance I
was looking for. But as a child of God, I look forward to that eternal
rest in the presence of the Saviour. Jesus told John, “…Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea,
saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their
works do follow them” (Re. 14:13).

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