Matthew 11:28 – Rest in the Lord

Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

– Matthew 11:28

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

We can feel God’s empathy and love for us from His words. We live in a world that the devil Satan reigns. We are deceived and deeply corrupted by Satan, and are bored of the truth and revere evil. For the sake of money, fame, and status, people mutually deceive and take advantage of each other, and fight with each other, slaughter each other. The society is filled with lies and violence. In this kind of dog-eat-dog society, people feel like it is too painful and tiring to live. Every one of us carries all kinds of burden in this world. When they are pressing down on us so hard that we can’t breathe, we are eager to find a place of rest for our spirit, so that we can lay down our heavy burden. These words of Jesus give us ways and directions, that is, come before Him, trust Him, and follow Him. Someone will ask: When we come before the Lord, how does the Lord bring us peace? It is important to seek this question. Let’s discuss it together. We all know that throughout the last three and a half years of the incarnate Jesus’ work, He preached everywhere and expressed many truths. These truths bring light and ways of practice to those who live in this dark world. For example, the Lord taught us how to confess sins and repent, how to forbear with others, be patient, and forgive others. The Bible recorded, “Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus said to him, I say not to you, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven” (Mat 18:21-22). And Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?” (Mat 6:25-26), and “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). These are the ways of gaining peace of heart Jesus pointed out to us. When we practice according to the Lord’s words, we can be protected by God in this dark and evil world, and gain peace of heart. Just as God says, “If a person cannot have words from the mouth of God or they do not understand His will, they cannot gain peace. … Everything that God does is truth and life. The truth for mankind is something that they cannot lack in their lives, that they can never do without; you could also say that it’s the greatest thing. Although you can’t look at it or touch it, its importance to you cannot be ignored; it is the only thing that can bring peace to your heart” (God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Himself III).


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