Rest for Your Souls. These are the words of Christ spoken to us in Matthew 11:29. Only in Christ will we ever find rest for our souls.
28 Come to Me, all you who
labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is
Matthew 11:28-30, NKJV
These are the words of Christ spoken to us in Matthew 11:29. Only in Christ will we ever find rest for our souls. Oh, we try to find it some other way, but in the end, all of our efforts are to no avail. We can never bridge the gap between the utter perfection and holiness of a just and righteous God because our hearts are full of sin, even on our best days!
In the above passage, Christ said, My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Why then do Christians suffer? Do you remember what the Psalmist said in Psalm 73 as he struggled with this very question?
2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;
I had nearly lost my foothold.
3 For I envied the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
5 They are free from the burdens common to man;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Now look at verses 16 and 17:
16 When I tried to understand all this,
it was oppressive to me
17 till I entered the sanctuary of God;
then I understood their final destiny.
We live in a world contaminated by sin; we see the results everywhere we look. But what is your destiny? Look at Psalm 73 again to see the Psalmist's resolution of this matter.
23 Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.
Indeed, whom do we have in heaven but Christ, and what does earth have for us besides our wondrous and Holy God. There is none other in heaven above or in the earth beneath that can grant us true, perfect, and holy rest. Yet, this is what we, as children of God have to look forward to when God says that our days on this earth are done.
Rest--perfect rest--only in Christ.
Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!