(James Smith, “The Pastor’s Morning Visit”)
“I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
There is no rest for the Christian in this world. Because there will be always something to disturb, perplex, or distress him; it is an enemy’s land.
But Jesus says, “I will give you rest.” He does so by enabling us to . . .
rely on His Word,
recognize His hand,
submit to His will, and
trust in His perfect work.
Therefore He assures us . . .
that our sins are forgiven;
we are safe in His keeping.
Because His presence shall always be with us;
and all things shall work together for our eternal good.
Therefore we can rest on His faithfulness—for He has been tried, and found faithful.
And we can rest on His love—for He loves us to the uttermost.
We can rest on His power—for it is ever engaged on our behalf.
And rest on His covenant—for it is ordered in all things and sure.
Therefore we can rest on His blood—for it speaks peace, pardon, and acceptance with God.
Because we can rest at His feet—for there we are safe, and can never be injured.
Therefore we cannot rest . . .
on our graces,
or on our friends, or
on our possessions.
But we may rest on Jesus alone.
Therefore “Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. Because He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken!” Psalm 62:5-6
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