Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger

Ephesians 4:26 

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

John 15:5 

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 23:5-6 

He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

Psalm 23:3-4 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.

Psalm 23:1-2 

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:8-9 

Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever. 2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.

Psalm 125:1-2 

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! 4Do not let my heart incline to any evil...

Psalm 141:3-4 

In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.

John 14:2-3 

Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense.

Proverbs 19:11 

My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent.

Proverbs 1:10 

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him.

Isaiah 64:4 

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8 

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

James 1:12 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:28-30 

Jesus, Our Rest (Matt 11:28-30)

| Aug 14, 2016

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Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  –Matthew 11:28-30

These verses are so beautiful. Our God, who calls us to joyfully serve Him, gives us rest. He is gentle, His burden light.  Come and find rest for your soul in our gentle God.

Do you labor? In an office? In a ministry at church? At home? I do.

Are you heavy laden? What is the yoke you carry? Are you burdened? I am.

I have three young children and just over a year ago my husband and I left our careers behind in Washington, DC and moved to the mission field in Central America. In this short time of change, God has taught me so much about laboring, feeling burdened and coming to Him for my rest.

I labor daily in the ministry God has called me to in my home, discipling my children. In any given day, I labor teaching my children the Bible, to read and to write, making their meals, cleaning our home. I wake up in the middle of the night to give hugs (the powerful antidote to any nightmare) and I pray that through it all I model Christ to them.

I labor on the field. I meet with women to love them, to learn their culture. I muddle through my second language and thank God for their patience with me. I pray for the city we minister in, our mission, and our teammates. I pray daily for wisdom, and for guidance, I pray the Lord will be my stay–that I will carry only His light burden.

But often I labor and I am exhausted. Completely physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted. The burdens I carry feel so heavy. I feel worry and anxiety. I know these are not of the Lord and yet still, I carry burdens that I am not made to bear. These burdens can be so heavy they wake me at night. In the dark I hear the whispers of doubt echo through my head.

What should we do with burdens like these? Let us run to Jesus. Throw yourself into Him. Because this burden of His, it isn’t heavy. He is our gentle Lord – be refreshed by His gentleness. Our God is not a God who pushes us to the brink, who leaves us to wallow in our stress. Our God is kind.

And when we yearn for rest, we need to remember our rest is the Lord. We might unwind by exercising, watching a television show, or reading a book. Those things aren’t bad ways to relax but we need to remember that true rest, the rest we seek, the rest we need to labor for Him is found only in our gentle Lord.

Stop looking for rest outside of Him, take this light yoke from our gentle Lord and labor for Him without growing weary. Cast off your burden and take up the yoke of our Lord.

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Discussion Questions:

  1. What causes you to feel weary?
  2. Are there burdens that you are carrying now that you need to cast off?
  3. Are you coming to the Lord to rest? What does it look like for you to rest in the Lord?
  4. Hymn of Worship: “Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting”

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Melanie Morris is a former politico who left Washington DC for the mission field of Central America. She is married to Peter and they have three young children: Sam, Madeleine, and Benjamin. Follow their journey on their blog.
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