THIRTY-SECOND WEEK REST
“Come unto me … and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
There is rest in the Saviour’s heart,
Who never turned sorrow away,
But has found, in what sin had made
The place of His love’s display.
We … look to our state and our fruit and our feelings to know if we are His … which cannot give rest, and ought not. Jesus does not say, Find out our state and you shall have rest, but “Come unto me all ye that labour, and are heavy laden,” as you are, “and I will give you rest.” Our rest comes not from our being what He wants, but His being what we want.
It is Jesus who gives abiding rest to our souls, and not what our thoughts about ourselves may be. Faith never thinks about that which is in ourselves as its ground of rest; it receives, loves and apprehends what God has revealed, and what are God’s thoughts about Jesus, in whom is His rest.
And here we walk, as sons through grace,
A Father’s love our present joy:
Sons, in the brightness of Thy face,
Find rest no sorrows can destroy.
He has not only made peace, but “My peace I give unto you.” … What was the peace of Christ? He was here in uninterrupted intercourse with the Father—the peace of perfect communion. Christ puts us into His place, and we have fellowship with the Father; and when we walk in that, we have this peace of Christ.
There is but one man … who never had a place of rest. … “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.” And if we now have a nest, a place of rest in God, it is because for our sakes Jesus was without rest on earth.
After weariness of heart in the world—after the Lord Jesus had gone through the world and found no place where a really broken heart could rest—He came to shew that what could not be found for man anywhere else could be found in God. This is so blessed! that after all, the poor wearied heart, wearied with itself, with its own ways, wearied with the world and everything, can find rest in the blessedness of the bosom of the Father.
One may rest sometimes with God, as well as act with Him; for one cannot act without Him, save to trouble, even though meaning to do good.
He gives rest supreme as One who knew what peace was in trouble as none ever did.
I … seek to minister Christ. It is what souls want, both for quietness and forming them in His image. It is those who are not with Him who are restless.
What settled quietness of spirit it gives, to have found yourself with the Father, through the knowledge of the Son, in confidence of heart! Have your hearts got that? Are they really occupied with the Father? … Can our hearts say, I have found the Father in Christ?