“. . . and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11.28
Yesterday we looked at Jesus’ promise to give us rest as something that is based on what he has already done for us. Let’s look a little more at the nature of this gift.
The gift of rest is not a one-off experience for us, but rather a constant source of his working in our lives. Although many people can look back to singular experiences of the wonder of God’s love when they felt his presence in a special way, or a touch of his grace and love, God’s rest, peace and grace are not meant to be one-off experiences to which we can put a date in our diaries. Rather, they flow from God in a constant stream to us; the invitation God gives to the weary and burdened is not a single voucher that can only be used once. Jesus would be delighted if we sought his rest every single hour of every single day.
God may have blessed you in the past, but will you go back to him today? God may have assured you of his love for you in days gone by, what if he is seeking to do it again now?
Take a moment to let him give you a fresh sense of his love and touch today. He is waiting, and all you have to do is come to him and ask.
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