Friday May 5, 2023
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Many of God’s children have grown weary.
Their Christianity has become a burden and a drudgery; they have become restless and anxious.
They strive with their worldly minds, their hard and unemotional hearts. They dishonor God by their daily lives. Instead of growth and progress there is retrogression on every hand. Oftentimes they feel weary unto death. Tired of themselves and their self-seeking hearts. Listen now as Jesus calls to you: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Why do not the children of God come to Jesus and find rest?
Our worst hindrance is that which the Scriptures speak of as “the sorrow of the world.” What is that? It is that sorrow for sin which is vexed at itself and its own weakness and foolishness. That is, it is a rebellious sorrow.
We have a great deal of this kind of sorrow in our daily lives. It arises from our old pride. The right kind of sorrow for sin yields and humbles itself instead of becoming vexed.
It submits to the humiliating fact which I myself and my daily life constitute. It concedes that the Spirit of God is in the right when He points out all my wretchedness. And, instead of becoming surprised, or vexed, or dismayed, prostrates itself quietly and gives thanks to the God of grace for conviction.
And thereupon it gives thanks for the fact that salvation is for the lost, that the physician is for the sick and not for the well.
Thus my weary soul finds rest again.
It has now humbled itself beneath the mighty hand of God; now it agrees with God that in me there is nothing that can stand before God. Now it rests again upon the firm foundation of grace. And beholds the wounds and stripes of my Substitute, praising and thanking God for them.