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An Anointed Rest
While we may be bone tired, weary beyond reckoning, we’re to continue forward in the work and calling of God. This is what the Lord shared with the Apostle Paul, that His grace as His strength was manifested in his weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:9).
But there’s one more thing that helps us to continue when we feel like quitting, and that’s the rest God gives. This is not a physical rest, although God knows our need for such, but rather it’s a rest that’s available for our souls.
Through the prophet Jeremiah the Lord alluded to such a rest.
“Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
When we’re moving in the will and way of the Lord, there’s a rest for our souls that God graciously gives.
Jesus tells us that this rest is found Him.
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)
The reason we get so burned out and want to quit is because we haven’t found God’s anointed rest. We’re so busy striving that we’ve no time for resting. But there’s an anointed rest waiting for every one of us.
The writer of Hebrews says that on the seventh day God rested from all of His labors, and because of that there remains such a rest for God’s people.
“There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.” (Hebrews 4:9-10)
And so, it’s through God’s grace that there’s a rest for His people, it’s a rest where we cease from striving and let God take over.
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