unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
who hear this invitation, while sighing for rest, yet press on the rugged
path, hugging their burdens close to their heart. Jesus loves them, and longs
to bear their burdens and themselves also in His strong arms. He would remove
the fears and uncertainties that rob them of peace and rest; but they must
first come to Him, and tell Him the secret woes of their heart. . . .
Sometimes we pour our troubles into human ears, and tell our afflictions to
those who cannot help us, and neglect to confide all to Jesus, who is able
to change the sorrowful way to paths of joy and peace. . . .
He proposes to be our friend, to walk with us through all the rough pathways
of life. He says to us, I am the Lord thy God; walk with me, and I will fill
thy path with light. Jesus, the Majesty of Heaven, proposes to elevate to
companionship with Himself those who come to Him with their burdens, their
weaknesses, and their cares. . . .
His invitation to us is a call to a pure, holy, and happy life—a life
of peace and rest, of liberty and love—and to a rich inheritance in
the future, immortal life. . . . It is our privilege to have daily a calm,
close, happy walk with Jesus.
Rest is found when all self-justification, all reasoning from a selfish standpoint,
is put away. Entire self-surrender, an acceptance of His ways, is the secret
of perfect rest in His love. . . . Do just what He has told you to do, and
be assured that God will do all that He has said He would do. . . . Have you
come to Him, renouncing all your makeshifts, all your unbelief, all your self-righteousness?
Come just as you are, weak, helpless, and ready to die.
is the “rest” promised?—It is the consciousness that God
is true, that He never disappoints the one who comes to Him. His pardon is
full and free, and His acceptance means rest to the soul, rest in His love.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 97, 98.