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Rest for Your Soul

Weekly Devotionals

Rest for Your Soul

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30

As I write this Hub Devotional, I am currently on vacation. I say it’s a vacation, but really it’s not even a staycation, because I just took a few days off of work to stay home and take care of my three kids, while my wife goes off on a real vacation of her own with her best friend to Japan for a couple of days. And you know what? I’m so glad she did, because as a mother of three, she certainly deserves it. Still, I want to make the best of my time while I can also. Maybe while the kids are at school, I’ll go hit the driving range, go for a run, or just go get a well-needed neck massage.

As a pastor, sometimes it is very tempting to even take a vacation from God during these times. Because it is my job to constantly be studying God’s Word, it’s very easy for me to say, “Hey! I’m on vacation, so I think I’ll even take a vacation from the Bible.” Besides, I do find myself being more tired and irritable than usual lately, so maybe it’s time to completely turn everything off while I can.

However, the more I intentionally try to stay away from God and His work for me, I am reminded why I do it in the first place. In Matthew 11 Jesus says that if you are tired and burdened come to Him and learn from Him, then you will find rest for your souls. As God’s beloved children, we are not meant to live separate from God. In fact, the more we get to know Him, and the more we read the Bible and become intimate with him in prayer, we find rest in our souls that no exotic resort destination or adventurous vacation getaway will ever satisfy. So that’s why even though I am on vacation, instead of waiting to get back to write this devo, I just couldn’t help but to share my rest in the Lord with all of you by doing something I love to do; being in God’s word, and using God’s word to minister.

I know that many of us will be travelling over the next couple of months, and I hope that everyone will have a chance to visit a wonderful vacation destination or just get a lot of needed sleep and relaxation. And I also hope that we can carve out some time to spend a little more time with God during our times of rest so that we can become even more intimate with him, and become renewed in God’s Holy Spirit even greater. During your vacation this summer, I encourage you to go to Jesus, and find true rest for your soul.

Sipping some cool lemonade.