come to me, and i will give you rest

Verse:
Matthew 11:28 reads “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

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Isaiah 40:28-31 reads “Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”

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Psalm 4:8

Devo:
I don’t know about y’all, but I’m tired.

Often I find myself exhausted. Maybe it’s after a particularly long day of work, or a productive day around the house. Maybe it’s just because I didn’t sleep very well. For me it’s a combination of all three of those things this week. Regardless, we and our officers live busy lives that often cause us to be tired. And often we forget to rest. And even more often, we forget to ask God for some help.

God tells us that in Him we can find rest if only we ask for it. We are but mere humans but He is God, the all powerful and all loving one who created us. And just like He created us for love and for service, He created us knowing that we need to rest. Matthew 11 tells us to simply come to Him, and we will receive rest. Isaiah 40 tells us that through Him we will find new strength.

Today I encourage you to spend some time intentionally asking God for rest and rejuvenation for you and your officer. Depending on your schedule (and the amount of little ones you have running around) I know an early night in or a lazy morning in bed might not be in the forecast. I encourage you to bring your exhaustion before the Lord and ask Him to be restored, for God knows exactly what you need, and to make a rest a priority for yourself when you need it.

Prayer:
Lord, I come to You asking for rest. You have blessed me with an abundant life and I will sing Your praises until the end. Now, though, I stand before You needing Your hand of renewal for my spouse and I. I ask that You rejuvenate and refuel me so that I may serve You and glorify Your name to the best of my ability. My burden is heavy but Yours is light.

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