28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

What would you classify as your ideal amount of rest? Are you someone who likes to sleep in late when given the chance? Or do you operate best on a set amount of hours before rising early to get going for the day? Different people feel energized and can function on differing levels of rest. One person may need nine hours of sleep while someone else might feel fine with six or seven. Whatever the case, we all know that getting the right amount of rest makes a huge difference in our days.

What about for your mind? What makes you feel most rested mentally? For many of us, we seek places of retreat that we can “unplug” for a while. Oftentimes, when we speak of rest, we mean a relief from responsibility and burden. Yet we know from experience that resting from responsibility is only temporary and never sustains us. There is always more to take back on for the next day or season.

In Matthew 11, Jesus gave good news for those who feel weighed down and exhausted. Jesus invited His hearers, and us, to come to Him to find true rest. The rest that Jesus spoke of here was deeper than any physical or mental rest we can experience on our own. This is rest for our souls. This is the type of rest that sustains even in times of most difficulty. This promise of Jesus was not that we would be able to coast through life without worry, but that He goes with us and is in complete control of all things, no matter what we face. This is the rest we truly long for and need.

• What are some false forms of rest you have sought satisfaction in?

• How has Jesus provided true rest for you in the gospel?

• Pray and thank Jesus that He is gentle with those in need of true rest and is faithful to provide this rest for all who come to Him.