“. . . and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11.28
We have looked at the promise of rest and the continuing availability of that rest for us. The source of it is Jesus, but so often we seek a variety of other means to find the rest that only comes from him.
Actually, one of the loveliest aspects of this truth is that Jesus will be there for all of us. This is not an invitation to a specific group of holy people who have achieved the ability to leave their problems behind. It is precisely to the weary and the burdened that Jesus promises
his active presence.
There may well be ways in which we can help ourselves find his presence, but the fact that he doesn’t give any specific instructions means that it can’t be too difficult. The first thing we need to remember is that Jesus is there to help. When we are preoccupied and struggling, the promise is that Jesus is there with help for us. Perhaps all it takes is to say his name, “Jesus.” To speak his name is to recognise our need, to acknowledge his presence and to invite him into our situation.
Who you are does not matter, nor does it matter how good you have been. What matters is that you call on him and wait to see what happens.
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