Watering the Tulips
March 6, 2013
“Come to Me, all you 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” – Matthew 11:28-30
This world is full of burdens. In fact, oftentimes life itself becomes extremely burdensome simply by the monotony. “Eat – sleep – work” seems to be what life is about sometimes. Add sin to the equation, and problems arise. Anguish in the soul leads many to the edge of despair. Many seek out drugs, alcohol or other sinful acts to help alleviate some bit of stress – to escape the hustle and bustle of life. Some finally arrive at the point of believing suicide is the only way out. Yes, life is often full of problems because we are all sinners.
And yet, true rest is to be found in this life. Though the natural man has no interest in the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14), the promise of rest is still clearly offered in the person of Jesus Christ. Man’s inability and lack of desire do not negate the blessed promise of rest in Jesus. Children of God could line up and give testimony after testimony of the times the Lord has given help in times of need. When the world has often supplied the lemons, God has often made lemonade for His own.
In this life, it is impossible to completely avoid trials and tribulations. Those that preach “health and wealth” must have never read that Jesus was “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). They must never have studied the lives of the apostles and how 11 of them died as martyrs. None of the early churches enjoyed the “health and wealth” often promoted today. They were real people with real problems. And yet, they found refuge in Christ.
Children of God are not immune to problems. If Jesus had “sorrows” and “griefs”, certainly we can expect the same. Yet, the way we face these problems can certainly be varied. If we look to ourselves or to this world for help, we will be sorely disappointed. However, there is rest in Jesus and His work. Greater than rest from the problems of this world, in Christ alone can we find rest for a soul wearied by sin. Jesus is the only Way to God (John 14:6). Trying to seek God any other way will always end in despair and disappointment.
Child of God, rest in Jesus. Rest in His finished work on the cross. Serve Him with zeal because He completed the payment required for your sins. Seek refuge from Him when life throws you curves. Take a moment today to thank God for the rest He has freely given you in His Son.
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