A devotional thought from Mike Cosper for “Created to Rest”
Jeremiah 6:16: “This is what the LORD says: Stand by the roadways and look. Ask about the ancient paths: Which is the way to what is good? Then take it and find rest for yourselves. But they protested, ‘We won’t!’ ”
Resisting rest is nothing new. For centuries, God has been calling out to His people and inviting them to live the good life, to trust in Him, and to find rest for their souls. Jesus said the same thing in Matthew 11:28. Life with God—the good life, the ancient paths on which we were meant to live—leads to life that gives rest to our souls.
It’s a life without anxiety and a life of true soul rest because we’re embraced and approved by the One whose opinion matters most—the Father who made us.
And yet we resist. We cling to work. We cling to hurry. We cling to so many things that rob us of sleep and ruin relationships. We wearily crave rest, and yet we resist it, crying, “We won’t!”
The word repent can be understood as “to turn.” It’s a turning away. When we think about Jeremiah’s words and our typical response, we need to hear it as a call to repent—to turn from the paths that drain and dehumanize us and to turn to the ancient paths that give us rest and give us life.
“Come to Me,” Jesus said, “and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28). What will you say in response?
Pause and Reflect
• Take some time to look at your schedule or the schedule of your family. Where is the time to rest?
• How are you taking advantage of times of physical rest so that they are spiritually refreshing?
• If there’s no rest in your life, what does repenting—turning away—look like? What must be sacrificed so that you can live in a more soul-nourishing way?