‘Come away… and rest a while.’ Mark 6:31 NRS
Following Jesus should be a buzz, not a burn-out. Jesus preached to farmers who used oxen to plough their fields. Those oxen carried a wooden yoke across their shoulders to pull the plough. These farmers also lived by religious rules that didn’t allow for relaxing in God’s love and grace. So Jesus told them: ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you… and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’ (Matthew 11:28–30 NLT) Jesus had more to do than any of us. Yet He never let His work get in the way of His life-giving connection with His Father. He was never too busy to show love. He regularly withdrew from the daily grind in order to pray alone. Even when His disciples returned, excited with success in performing healings and miracles, He told them, ‘Come away… and rest a while,’ because as Mark records, ‘Many people were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.’ (Mark 6:31 NRS) Constant hurry is the mark of life without priorities—if you’re always hurrying, then it’s a sure sign that second and third things have become first things. Not only did God command us to rest every seventh day, He told farmers to let their fields rest every seventh year.
The problem is we want microwave maturity and instant results. But wisdom comes slowly. Take time out. You can’t follow if you’re going faster than the One who’s leading.
SoulFood: Neh 11–13, Mark 12:28–44, Ps 78:65–72, Prov 24:10–14
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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