I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like the psalmist when I think of all of life’s trials; “… Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest” (Psalm 55:6). But then so softly and tenderly God seems to always bring me back to Calvary’s cross.
In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus unveils to His followers exactly where they could discover rest for their souls. These verses mean a great deal to me, and I’d like to share with you some of the lessons God has taught me through this passage. I challenge you to make these verses a purposeful meditation throughout the day. They have literally changed my life, and I know they can do the same for you.
Have you ever been to New York City? If you have, you mostly likely know of a little suburb called Chinatown. Chinatown is a densely populated neighborhood that attracts many tourists with its Southeast Asian restaurants and shops. I remember my visit to Chinatown as a senior in high school, and I can assure you it was an interesting experience.
Who is The Saddest Man on Earth? We have discovered it is not the lost man, but the saved man that chooses to live as the lost man: restless as the sea (Isaiah 57:20-21). There are many of God’s people who trust Christ with their eternal soul but do not trust Him with their lives. They choose not to live in the rest that can only be found in the presence of Christ. They make a poor substitution that costs them true joy and soul rest.
So, is it possible that a Believer can be restless? Can a Christian experience an unsettled soul through life’s journey? Unfortunately, yes. And it all can be traced back to one thing; sin!
Sad as the lost man be, I do not believe he is the saddest man on earth. Yes, his life will have the saddest end in separation from God for all eternity, but he is not most miserable.
Restlessness has many victims. It is astounding to think of how many men lay their head on the pillow at night, utterly restless. Whether it be from their jobs, finances, or families, everything seems too difficult to bear. There is no peace or solitude for the soul, just a relentless “mouse chase” of the mind that leads to nowhere. Nothing ever works or seems to satisfy. Life only seems to be empty, and the belly never full.
I vividly remember the day my stubbornness was tested in quite an unusual way. I was sitting one evening at my desk in my room, having my alone time with God. It was where I had always had my devotions :my Bible and my journal all laid out in front of me. That day, as I began to pray, something strange came over me.
Have you ever listened to yourself pray? You should try it sometime. It’s amazing how self-absorbed we are as we lecture God about all we need and want, as if God doesn’t already know. We use so many common Christian phrases that if we ever addressed another human being in the same fashion, we may just get a blank stare.
I recently grabbed one of my newer Bibles off my desk and started thumbing through the pages out of pure curiosity. I found something that I had written in the fly-leaf...