Come To Me For Rest!
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28
A few years ago, our outreach ministry team at church decided to do a Ladies and Girls Tea. On the drive home from the ministry team meeting that night, the verse, “Come to Me… and I will give you Rest” came to my mind clear as a bell. So, I went home and messaged another member of our team to see what she thought of the verse as the theme for our Tea. When, we talked about it the next day and I saw her reaction, I knew we had our theme for the day.
Listening to other women speak to us on the subject of REST…now, that was something I was looking forward to.
Yes! I felt “weary and burdened” and I was ready for someone to tell me how to fix it. I remember saying to my husband, I feel tired all the way down to my soul. Every time I felt like I could hold my head up, I felt like I was being trampled again.
I asked around to see who might know of some good speakers. But, while I was looking forward to hearing someone else speak, God was working on me. I kept feeling Him tugging on me saying, “you should speak, you should speak”.
I kept thinking, but I’m not good at resting. How could I possibly teach someone else to rest, when I take on too much myself?
Finally, God’s message got through to me. He didn’t want me to speak because I am good at resting. He wanted me to speak, because I needed to learn and if I volunteered to speak, I would HAVE to take the time to study His word and learn about resting in Him.
So, at one of our committee meetings when it was time to talk about speakers and we didn’t have any speakers confirmed yet, I said something like, “Well, I might have something to add…”.
With that, I began to study.
These are the scriptures and comments that I shared that day regarding rest:
Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 12:8 “For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.”
These verses teach us the following things:
- First, “Come to ME…” tells us where to go for rest. The instruction is not simply for rest, but to go to Christ for rest for our souls. No other rest is as satisfying. Watching TV, taking a bubble bath, or going for a quiet walk will not give you the same satisfaction as reading scripture or spending time in prayer.
- “All you who labor and are heavy laden…” We can read this scripture and fill in our own specific burdens. “Come to Me,” all you who have young babies and have forgotten how to sleep; “Come to Me,” all you who are juggling your over stressful in-town job, and the ball schedule, and taking care a sick loved one, and managing the farm… “Come to Me…and I will give you rest.”
- These verses are not saying that Christians will not have troubles. I think these verses are saying that, because we can go to the Lord with our troubles, that they are easier to bear. When we give our troubles to the Lord, our burden becomes light.
- “Lord even of the Sabbath.” This verse comes after the followers of Jesus were accused of breaking the Sabbath. So, this passage says to me that our rest is found not just in one day of the week, but in the time we spend with Christ. Time with Christ whenever and wherever we find it (whether we find it late at night, early in the morning, working in the garden, taking a walk or just sitting quietly), gives us focus, calms us, and allows us to hear God speaking to our hearts.
I Peter 5:5b – 11 “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
From these verses we can learn the following things:
- We say to each other, “Cast your cares on the Lord.” It’s a nice greeting card. But, it’s not just a nice thought, it’s a necessity for survival given to us in scripture. Lions attack the week…the tired…the distracted. Rest in the Lord so that you can be refreshed and prepared to resist attack.
- “the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.” In other words, there are people all over the world dealing with similar challenges; demanding bosses, cleaning up the mud the dog tracked in, not understanding 4th grade math, wondering how to make her husband feel like she knows he’s still alive, taking grandpa to the doctor’s appointment, wondering how long it will take for that family disagreement to blow over, dealing with the loss of livestock, and trying to pass off dinner as only a little over done.
- By trying to do it “All” without proper rest, are we saying, “I don’t need God”? My mother tells me that when I was a little girl she would try to help me with my homework and I would say to her, “I can do it myself.” I may still be a bit like that now. I’ve thought of that several times lately, as I’ve seen others struggling and thought, “if they would just let someone help them!”. I think that is how God looks at us sometimes. He is standing there waiting to help us and we put our hand up and say, “I can do it myself.” Just think how much lighter our load could be if we would truly cast our cares on Him.
- Resting in the Lord is an act of Humility. This one hit me pretty hard, because it meant that trying to do it “All”, without resting in the Lord, is a prideful act and a rejection of God. After all, God commanded us to rest! Could it be that when we do not rest in the Lord that we are actually putting other things before God? I believe that God wants us to prioritize Him first in our lives. That means we shouldn’t be so busy doing other things that we can’t find time to spend with HIM. (I think our families want the same thing. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in doing things for them that we forget to just be with them.)
Galatians 6:2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Here is what we can learn from this verse:
- Christ is giving us instructions here. I am to help others! Right. But, wait a minute! This also means that other people are suppose to help me…and I need to let them. In fact in Galations 6:9 & 10 the scripture reads, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all especially to those who are of the household of faith.” So, this reassures us that it’s okay to need people. God puts people in our lives to help us and God blesses those who bear one another’s burdens. So, if I refuse to allow someone to help me, am I denying them a blessing? Of course that depends on the situation, but that’s definitely something to think about.
In the end, I’m not sure how many Lady’s hearts were reached with this message, but I know my soul was refreshed. My soul continues to be refreshed each time I recall these scriptures. I hope these verses and then lessons we can learn from them speaks to your heart today!
It is a constant struggle to pursue rest, but now we can be more equipped for the battle.
What did you find most reassuring or encouraging and/or what did you get out of this post? Is finding rest a challenge for you too? We always love to hear from you! Please feel free to comment below and share the post on social media, so that others can be encouraged as well!
This post was written by The Rural Sisterhood Contributor Malia Mount! Thank you so much for sharing what you learned with us Malia! It was exactly what I needed to hear and I know it spoke to the hearts of other sisters too! ? Elizabeth
Malia has been married to her high school sweetheart for over 20 years. They live, work and farm in St. Clair County, Missouri where they grow soybeans, corn and wheat and raise beef cattle. Like most farm wives, Malia also has an “in-town” job, but her favorite job titles are Lynn’s Wife, Savannah’s Mom and Aunt Malia.