Daily Devotion

REAL REST

God invites us. He knows our need. His calling is to find “rest.”
 
King David implies this invitation in his memorable psalm—
 
            “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
                 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
             he leads me beside the quiet waters,
                 he restores my soul.” (23:1-3a)
 
As needy sheep, we are satisfied and secure, tied to the oversight of the loving “shepherd.” God brings us to places of safety and security. In Him we find peace and rest at the deepest level. The prophet reaffirms this plan of God—
 
            “My people will live in peaceful dwelling places,
                 in secure homes,
                 in undisturbed places of rest.” (Isaiah 32:18)
 
Jesus also invited. He also provides “rest.” One can almost imagine His out-stretched arms as His heart goes out to needy souls—
 
            ““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will
               give you rest. …rest for your souls.”” (Matthew 11:28 & 29b)
 
The invitation has been given. Our Lord awaits our response for real “rest.”
Today is a day for rest.
 
REFLECTION: We will find our final “rest” in heaven above (Revelation
            14:13b)
 
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