Give Us Rest

One of the sweetest truths in Scripture is that God will give us rest. He promised it to Israel in Exodus 33:14:

My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

And Jesus promises it in Matthew 11:28:

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

What I love about these two verses is the difference between the type of rest that is promised. In Exodus 33, God promises that He will go with them and give them rest in the place they go. An amazing promise to be sure. But Jesus, in Matthew, calls people to come to Him and find their rest in Him.

The Promised Land was a place of temporary rest for the people of God, but Jesus is the place of permanent rest. He is the one that invites us into the eternal rest of God. And He calls all who are weary and heavy laden. Our only requirement is that we be totally helpless and unable to find rest on our own.

So when the world presses in around us, Jesus offers a rest that outlasts all our troubles and trials. He offers rest that endures forever, because He endures forever.

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