Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 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.”
Are there times when you long to just “sleep like a baby”? The expression conveys a sense of blissful rest. Who doesn’t want blissful rest?
What stops you? Do you worry over money? Do you suffer physical pain? Is there just too much for you to do? The fallen world is full of thieves—peace-stealers who keep us awake at night.
The solution…to sleep like a baby, you have to be a baby. The Lord has revealed his peace plan to those who believe like little children. They accept it because they are little children. It is a great description of Christian faith. Tell children that the world is round and they believe you. Tell them God is a good and gracious heavenly Father and they believe it. Tell them Jesus loves them and they believe it.
As grown-ups, we like to think we are supposed to do ridiculous things like “pull ourselves up by our boot straps”. We have absurd bumper stickers like “God is my co-pilot”. Sometimes, yes frequently, adults need to give up their “manly man” and “I am woman, hear me roar” attitudes and just let Jesus rock them to sleep.
Instead of “come to me…I will give you rest” do we think; “I’ve got this!”
Grow down, people of God! Believe like little children. God has revealed the rest of the forgiveness of sins to little children. God has revealed the rest of his providential protection and care to little children. God has revealed the glory of eternal life to little children.
“Learn from Jesus…and you will find rest for your souls.”
Lord Jesus, my Savior, forgive me for the times when I have looked elsewhere for fullness in my life. Thank you for making me complete by your death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. Help me to rejoice in the wonderful relationship with God that you have given me. In your name I ask it. Amen.
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