Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
When you read about Jesus in the Gospels, you’ll find that He was very active. He preached, taught, healed the sick, raised the dead, cast out demons and dealt wisely with the cunning Pharisees. Yet, in doing all these things, Jesus was always very restful.
He was never worried, stressed out or desperate.
When He and His disciples were in a boat on their way to the country of the Gadarenes, a fierce storm arose. The disciples panicked, believing that the boat was going to sink them all into a watery grave. But what was Jesus doing? He was fast asleep! The gusty winds, violent lashing of the waves and rocking of the boat didn’t wake Him up—only the cry of His disciples did. What did He do next? He rebuked the storm and brought perfect peace!
When they arrived at their destination, a fierce, severely demon-possessed man came out from the tombs and met Jesus. His disciples, who were with Him in the boat, were suddenly nowhere near Him. But Jesus, cool as usual, stood His ground and with one word—“Go”—sent the demons fleeing (Matthew 8:32). He brought peace to the man, restored to him a sound mind and gave him wholeness.
My friend, this Jesus who is restful yet so effective lives in you.
Look to Him and be yoked to Him. Ask Him to lead and guide you each day. Flow with Him and you will find an inner rest and peace that enables you to be effective and fruitful wherever you are!