He Gives Rest

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by Sherry Chamblee

I’ve been feeling exhausted lately, not only physically, but mentally and emotionally. In this period of my life, I feel more than ever that just reading some quiet verses about finding rest in Christ would be the best thing.  

Yet for some reason, my carnal mind rebels against even sitting down and reading them, much less allowing myself to take comfort in them.  

Why is that? Why do we – I – resist taking comfort from God? He offers it freely. It’s not like there will be repercussions, as if God would make me pay extra for it later. Like take comfort from God now, have extra suffering in the next little while. That’s not how God works. He offers His rest freely, with no strings attached.

So what is it about me that makes me take a step back? Perhaps it’s being too independent. Perhaps it’s fear that His arm will falter if I lean on Him too hard. Perhaps it’s the thought that I really don’t deserve His comfort. Perhaps it’s all of those things.

Yet God doesn’t put any of those things on me. He doesn’t tell me to wait until I deserve His comfort. He doesn’t tell me that I need to be independent. He says over and over again that He will not fail, His arm does not weaken.

And so, in this day of weariness for me, I’m just going to offer these verses for us to read together:

Matthew 11:28-30 

Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 

2 Corinthians 2:14 

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. 

Psalms 127:2 

It is vain for you to ruse up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep. 

Psalms 4:8 

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. 

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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