I Will Give You Peace and Rest

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Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:27, John 20:19-23, Psalm 55:22, Isaiah 53:1-5, Philippians 4:4-7, Colossians 3:12-17

When you think of rest, you may envision a quiet weekend in a quaint cabin in the woods, or perhaps a peaceful morning on the beach. Maybe you just imagine a morning when you get to ignore the alarm and sleep for an extra thirty minutes. The image we often have of rest is one of stillness and quiet, but what Jesus promises us goes beyond mere tranquility.

The rest Jesus offers isn’t a retreat, but a new way of living, drawn from an Old Testament concept called shalom. Shalom is more than rest; it is peace, wholeness, blessing, and connection to the Lord. This is only possible when we learn to rely on God rather than our own efforts, to cast our worries onto His back rather than piling them up on our own. This is the rest Jesus calls us to. And when we accept His invitation, we find His peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Jesus tells His followers that His “yoke is easy and [His] burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). His “yoke” is a lifestyle, a commitment to walk in obedience to His teachings and in light of His example. Jesus taught the way of the kingdom, complete with the pace and priorities of heaven, and He modeled total dependence on God, the key to true shalom. When we follow His example, we learn we can take His peace with us wherever we go.

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  1. Erricka Hager says:

    Matthew 11:28-30; Peace is something that I’m truly learning to value. I’m also learning that it’s okay to forfeit people and things for peace. In this scripture the Lord promises peace and tells us do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. This scripture is so comforting b/c peace is a gift the Lord is willing and ready to give!!!!

  2. Lehua K. says:

    Praying for God’s protection and healing over you and your family, Cassandra.

  3. Judie Dionglay says:

    Praying for you & your family, Cassandra!❤️

  4. Claire Berkeley-Hitt says:

    JENNIE & HAYLEE, me too! Indeed, my alarm goes off each morning at 6 so that I can have a some time with God before my toddler wakes. Some mornings, she’s up before me anyway and I miss out on my time. Or my dogs wake up early, barking from their crates (this morning, 2am, 1st one then the other) which then wakes me and potentially our daughter so I get up with them and by the time I am asleep again I sleep through my alarm. And when these things happen, I smile and shrug and try to squeeze in my study at other moments. On the mornings when I am alone, though, the affect of having that uninterrupted time with God in the Word and the peace that I get from it is so powerful. Motherhood has turned out to be so much harder than I imagined so I have turned to God to help me as he has before and it makes all the difference. I really appreciate that other moms are also struggling to carve out their moments of solitude to seek God’s comfort, guidance, and reassurance.

    I would love to respond to your post directly but I am one of those who can’t do so; I’ve emailed SRT about this and did get a response that they know its an issue. Sorry to hear there is the problem with the highlighting in the app!

  5. Hannah Tidwell says:

    I am new to doing these readings. This one was my favorite so far!

  6. Lisa Vanderplate says:

    Loved this day’s study !!! So good <3

  7. Alisha Attella-Sevier says:

    15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

    This caught me today. Beautiful!

  8. Cassandra King says:

    Writing from an er bed after 6 weeks of trying to recover from Covid. I’m overwhelmed and so tired of being sick. Jesus bore my sickness! He is even now! I don’t have to be afraid and can rest in his peace. So glad my regular morning time reading got delayed because I read this just a few minutes ago while feeling afraid and so tired of this illness. Please pray I don’t take home any new germs, and please pray for complete healing and safety for our girls. Waiting on results of labs, heart test and lung tests.

    1. Jen Brewer says:

      Praying for you Cassandra ❤️❤️❤️

      1. Andrea P says:

        Prayers sent!

    2. Jennifer Wing says:

      Praying for you.

    3. Carolee Moore says:

      Love and prayers for you and your family Cassandra.

    4. Sara W says:

      Praying for you Cassandra!

    5. Jennifer Wheeler says:

      Praying!

    6. K D says:

      Praying for you!!

    7. Elizabeth Carlock says:

      Prayers for a full recovery and safety for your family.

    8. Loree Broderick says:

      Hi Cassandra,
      I know you are struggling but do not let fear overcome you. Jesus is our Almighty healer! He will see you through this illness & you will find peace & strength beyond measure! Let your faith be overwhelming to take over. I lift you up to Him, He hears our prayers, knows our needs & loves you more than you can imagine!

    9. Caitlin H. says:

      Praying!!!!

    10. Cassandra King says:

      Thank you all so much. Nights are tough! I didn’t get any sleep last night and am praying for a good night tonight.