Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Go to bed!

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

I remember when my children were younger. Bedtime was always a struggle. They did not want to go to bed, they wanted to stay up until ?? This was very humorous at times, as they begged and pleaded through their yawns to be able to stay up. They needed rest, their bodies knew it. But their minds fought the concept to the bitter end.

Are we much different?

We all struggle with the flesh. We struggle with what God wants of us and how to please him. We continually ask ourselves how can we do better? How can we please God more? Does this sound restful, or does it sound like a child saying, "I'm not tired yet!"

Burdened by the law, we carry a load heavier than we can bear. Yet we continue to struggle with the idea of doing better and pleasing God more. God says "Rest, go to bed, put down that load and take it easy."

How do we please God? By working harder? Absolutely not. We please God when we trust Him. When we rest in His promises. When our goal is not to please Him (which is a heavy burden), but to draw near to Him in faith. When we lay our burdens at His feet and respond to His great love rather than trying to earn it.

2 comments:

Kansas Bob said...

"When our goal is not to please Him (which is a heavy burden), but to draw near to Him in faith."

Now that is gold!

Don G said...

Thanks! For years I have struggled to please Him, which is bondage. What I need to do is rest in Him, which is freedom.