In my first entry I mentioned restlessness for fulfillment. It gives me great joy to tell you when we turn to Jesus we can find satisfaction for our soul’s need for fulfillment. You see we really don’t develop and grow just to find peace. We do so to satisfy the calling God has placed upon our hearts to know Him, to know who we are within the kingdom of heaven, to know our true value in the blood of Christ and to develop and grow in His service. In the Lord we can find true rest and fulfillment because we can find the peace of coming home. We can have joy because where the Lord is, there also is the deepest of challenges, the most surprising of events and the richet of contentment.
Another need I mentioned earlier was the need for rest. The Bible gives us many instances where God has shown how he takes care of his people. Yes, when we turn to Jesus, we find Him always there, waiting with open arms. Paraphrasing from several verses from the Book of Matthew, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest; do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find.” But what exactly will we find? The answer varies with each individuals needs, including peace, flowing like a river to quench a thirsty spirit.
We can and should have spiritual hope in being delivered from sin and death. We see this through the New Testament when Jesus cast out demons, as well as the conversions of sinners like Levi (Matthew) and Zaccheas. Like the forlorn cripple on the mat, we can have forgiveness of our sins.
When we rest in Jesus, we have a friend who meets us where we are, and welcomes us into His arms. When we rest in Jesus, we have a love that confounds the world regardless of our pasts, because we forgive our enemies and quietly assist those who are in need. When we rest in Jesus, we find a wisdom outside of our own, a wisdom that is not confined to timed and circumstance, or human nature with its failures and weaknesses.
In Mark 6 we find the story of, I believe, one of the first Sabbaths. This shows us how God not only provides us with a day of rest because he knows we need it, but also commands that we keep it. Jesus called the twelve (His disciples) and sent them out two by two with His authority. They went out and preached repentance, theydove out demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them in Jesus name.
Upon returning from their first mission, the disciples gathered around Jesus and recounted all they had done. I imagine they were excited by their success, but also weary and footsore. Jesus said to the desciples, “Come with me to a quiet place and get some rest.” The Greek word for rest, found in verse 31 is an imperative. Jesus commanded the disciples to seek physical and spiritual rest with Him. In all of its aspects, the word rest implies that they needed to recover their breath, to relax their strained and tired muscles, and to refresh their peace of mind. I believe this was one of the first Sabbaths, one of the first gatherings for the Christian Church of believers resting in Christ.
Let us pray. Dear Heavenly Father, you have supplied my needs this day and protected me from harm. Thank you. Please help me appreciate every day of your blessings. The rest we receive in Jesus is as refreshing as a cool drink of water. I am truly grateful. Amen