Are you weary? Are you heavy hearted? Are you grieving over joys departed? Do the tears flow down your cheeks unbidden? Have you sins that to men’s eyes are hidden? Do you fear the gathering clouds of sorrow? Are you anxious what shall be tomorrow? Are you troubled at the thought of dying? For Christ’s coming kingdom are you sighing?
Does that sound like a song to you? That’s because it is. It’s “Tell it to Jesus”, an old school hymn that you may or may not hear at your church anymore.
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus,
He is a Friend that’s well known.
You’ve no other such a friend or brother,
Tell it to Jesus alone.
God has repeatedly spoken to us from his word, and told us not to fear ( 365 times in the Bible!but one of my favourites is from Isaiah 41:10 10So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.),
He has asked us to come to Him for our daily needs, ( Matt 6:25-34 among others 25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your lifee ? 28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.)
He has said He’ll be there for us in our times of crises , ( Isaiah 43:1-3 1But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob,he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. 3For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; ).
But He also says, He’ll give us rest. His yoke is light. Be still and trust Him. But do we really do that? Sit in His presence. Absorb His goodness. Know Him for the truth that He is. In a world that is so noisy with our smartphones, IPads, laptops and gizmos, we’ve always got something going on. A cute video to watch, a game to play, a post to like, a picture to post. Our seconds and minutes and hours are filled with something, or we fill with it something. Our work hours are increasing, we’re losing sleep , our families are all over the place,at school, at soccer, at ballet, at piano lessons, at….at…..at…..
God and His word gets the time that is leftover, sometimes not even that. A relationship with Him isn’t prioritized. And so, we ( myself included), especially me, lose focus. We’re little busy bees, running here, dashing there, checking this, writing that ( I’m doing that now!) that we’ve forgotten to rest. To be still. To quiet ourselves.
What is Rest? The dictionary defines it as
For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.
It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’”
The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
“Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the plowing season and harvest you must rest.
[ The Sabbath ] “‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.
“Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.
It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.”
Then the Israelites set out from the Desert of Sinai and traveled from place to place until the cloud came to rest in the Desert of Paran.
So they set out from the mountain of the Lord and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of theLord went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest.
since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you.
“Remember the command that Moses the servant of theLord gave you after he said, ‘The Lord your God will give you rest by giving you this land.’
The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands.
Now that the Lord your God has given them rest as he promised, return to your homes in the land that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you on the other side of the Jordan.
[ God’s Promise to David ] After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him,
and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also give you rest from all your enemies. “‘The Lord declares to you that the Lordhimself will establish a house for you:
But you will have a son who will be a man of peace andrest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies on every side. His name will be Solomon, and I will grant Israel peace and quiet during his reign.
“Let us build up these towns,” he said to Judah, “and put walls around them, with towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours, because we have sought the Lord our God; we sought him and he has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered.
For now I would be lying down in peace; I would be asleep and at rest
to whom he said, “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose”— but they would not listen.
My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.
I have posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem; they will never be silent day or night. You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest,
and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem and makes her the praise of the earth.
like cattle that go down to the plain, they were givenrest by the Spirit of the Lord. This is how you guided your people to make for yourself a glorious name.
And they reported to the angel of the Lord who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at restand in peace.”
Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north.”
If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day.
There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God;
for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his.
If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.