“Come to me, all 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.” –Matthew 11:28, 29
O, how great Thy lovingkindness, vaster, broader than the sea!
O, how marvelous Thy goodness, lavished all on me!
Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved, know what wealth of grace is Thine,
Know Thy certainty of promise, and have made it mine.
–Jean S. Pigott
The writer of Hebrews admonishes that we “strive to enter God’s rest” because “whoever has entered God’s rest has also rested from his works as God did from his,” and those who don’t rest “fall by . . . disobedience” (Hebrews 4:10, 11).
To rest in Jesus is to give up on our works as our righteousness and to put on His righteousness instead. And a refusal to seek soul-rest in Christ is a declaration of independence from His grace.
Those small ones who live in the King’s kingdom — we know that we cannot save ourselves, that we must rest in a Savior-who-is-not-us. And resting in Him, we are glad.
©2015 by Stacy Nott