I do not know about y’all, but I am tired!!!! I feel like all I say these days is, “I am just tired!” Well, I know this, I am tired of being tired!!
The Lord says, “ Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11: 28-30.
This doesn’t mean that we still won’t be physically tired, but that we can rest and relax when we go to Jesus. The rest He gives us is a rest of pure peace.
We are living in such a busy, restless world full of distractions. We lose our focus on the blessings of today in the worry over tomorrow, next week, next month, or even next year. We stay not just physically tired, but mentally tired.
So how do we find this rest of pure peace? One, we must daily meditate on God’s word. We have to devote our tired minds to seeking the Lord by reading His word. This helps us learn God’s will for each day and helps us to remember how to be obedient to God. It teaches us how we are supposed to walk in Christian love, which in turn brings peace to our lives. Psalm 1:2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
Second, we should pray, pray, and pray!! We need to set aside time each day to be alone with the Lord. I know if you are like me you may have a 24/7 conversation going with God, but there is something about finding a quiet place and really having true prayer time. A time where we not only pray, but we listen to what God wants to speak into our souls. A time to give our thanks for all our blessings and to also lay our worries and burdens at His feet. What peace it brings to know that He hears us and will lead us and guide us in every moment of our day. We can rest in knowing He has full control. Psalm 5:3 “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.”
The third thing I find that brings me pure peace and rest is worship. Of course, Sunday is our traditional day of going to church and worshipping God. It helps us to renew our tired minds and gives us strength for the week ahead. Some days we seek God, we pray, and we feel ready and pumped to face the day. Then there are those days we seek God, we pray, and we walk out the door and “bam” life hits us right in the face. Times like this we need a little more to get us through. In these times I find listening to worship music and singing praises to God brings back the peace and rest I need for the day. If I can’t sing out loud I just sing it in my head.
When we learn to focus on finding things in each moment, being thankful for all the blessings God gives us, and giving God continual praise, these are true acts of worship. There is not a truer or a more restful peaceful feeling for me than when I get to worship my God!!! Psalm 63:3-4 says, “Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands.”
God will always honor the time we choose to spend with Him, our praises to Him, and our worship. He is the only way our tired weary souls can find true rest.