JULY 6 - Matthew 11:28-30 and 2 Chronicles 20:17-18

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

“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 for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden light.”
Matthew 11:28-30
“Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you.
And Jehoshaphat (King) bowed his head with his face to the ground; and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.”
2 Chronicles 20:17-18
Memory Catcher: “Heavy laden” brings to mind King Jehosha”phat” (fat) who needed his load “lightened” in the day of battle. The fierce battle he was faced with and the inevitable sound of defeat ringing in the ears of Israel sounded long and strong until the King, wisely and humbly, got down on his knees, humbled himself before the Lord, and turned the battle over to Him.
In resting and in standing still … the victory came and the Victor showed Himself faithful.
How often it appears that Christ reserves His greatest victories and His finest moments for our weakest state and in our worst moments.
How often it seems that when our minds and bodies are working overtime, Christ’s working appears so insufficiently “under time.”
How often it seems, on the flip side, that when our minds and bodies have ceased working;
Christ works overtime and shows up wondrously and magnificently.
What a mystery and a madness this holy God appears at times;
Who can understand His ways?
Ahhh … to understand and hinge our hopes, stake our lives, and find our stability in the rest that is to be found in Christ alone;
To be mindful that our knees play a more critical role than our minds when it comes to intimacy achieved, battles conquered, heights employed, and rest enjoyed.
To live a life based on the belief that "relief" is subject to relationship with Him ... and rest is granted us there.
Over and over again, God repeats His most basic lessons in our most needy times.
Over and over again, He whispers,
“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28
Resting in Christ is conditional to coming to Christ.
Stop what you’re doing,
Get down on your knees,
Stay there awhile.
The "rest" will come.
God and Holy Father,
How quickly my mind gets overcome by battles that cannot be overcome in my own strength. How visibly I treat Thy invisibility in the trying periods of my life.
How daily and constantly I need Thy grace as my constancy,
My companionship,
My aid against apathy and complacency.
O God, please help me.
Surround me, succor me, seal me, and strengthen me with Thy sufficiency in the weakest of this day’s moments.
Cause my knees to take me into the deep and narrow places of Thy presence;
And cause Thy holiness to quiet me, comfort me, and care for me.
Let me rest in the internal eternal presence which Thou provides for me alone.
Thy rest is requested.