THE LORD'S REST
The easiest way to live a successful Christian life is to live from the standpoint of rest. When we learn to listen to the Word and do the will of the Father, we function from a position of rest. This rest is the Lord's rest.
Reference: Matthew 11:28 English Standard Version (ESV) 'Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'
In Jesus' ministry days, some of His listeners were engaged in a difficult tussle to know God the Father, especially His Jewish audience. They believed they needed much effort to please and serve God and so they lived a religious life and had a limited understanding on how to walk with God. Their religious leaders had placed enormous burdens on them, and they were constantly labouring to carry those burdens in hopes of being approved by God.
For instance, in Matthew 23:4 (NIV), Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples: 'The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.' They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. This meant that their teachings about God were difficult to live by and accomplish. In this regard, Nicodemus once visited Jesus. He was a Pharisee and a leader of the Jews. For His fellow leaders not to notice him, He came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God." This is because Nicodemus had recognised the difference in Jesus' teachings and the uniqueness of His ministry. So he wanted Jesus to simplify the truth for him and in the process, he would receive Jesus' rest.
Jesus says that He can reveal His Father to anyone, and He immediately offers rest to everyone who is weighed down trying to know and please God. According to Jesus, if the yoke you wear is not easy and light, it is not His yoke. Jesus wants to lift you up and give you rest. However Jesus was not necessarily talking about physical rest, because the next verse described it as rest for the soul. The Amplified translation of our referenced Scripture above says, "You will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls" (see verse 29). In other words, you're going to learn how to please God, come into His rest and also have joy in every situation without worries because you have God's approval.
When you come to Jesus, the hidden truth about God will be constantly revealed and made simple for you and this will change your perspective about God. Jesus said, 'My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him' (Matthew 11:27 NLT). When you accept Jesus and His finished work, you will find rest in every situation because you now respond to His finished work, instead of struggling to please God by your own works. You will just be at rest, knowing that it is finished. That's what Jesus meant by saying: 'For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light' (Matthew 11:30 NIV).
The timeless truth is: when you have Jesus' rest, you'll always walk in His victory. With this revelation, the more you fill your heart with God's Word, the more you will be able to go through any situation from a position of rest. You'll be filled with joy and hope, knowing that all things work together for your good.
Scripture Reading - Psalm 116:7; Jeremiah 31:25; Hebrews 4:11; 1 Peter 5:7.
Guided Prayer: Precious Father, thank you for loving me and offering me your rest. Having released all of my burdens to you, I have the easy yoke, the rest and the refreshment of my soul. You have already given me the victory in every situation and I walk in the manifestation with abundance of joy, in Jesus' Name, Amen!