O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best!
’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest (Matt. 11:28).
“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” (v. 29). Jesus’ invitation, extended to all who are under a load of cares: “Come unto Me; rest in Me.” In Christ there is rest; a quiet conscience, a friendship with God; fears are dispelled. Rest in Jesus, found in faith displayed in obedience. Consider a child whose thoughts are simple—food, play, potty, and sleep. She can rest because she trusts her parents, she loves her parents. They do the hard work of providing an atmosphere that allows her to rest, secure from harm. Left to contend for herself, she would be an unhappy child, an angry child, a selfish child.
Faith is not merely an intellectual exercise. Faith is practical, it requires love and trust. These characteristics act as cords that bind us together. With our minds we hold a belief, with our heart and will—love and trust—we bind ourselves to another person. If that Person is Christ, and not a doctrine, we draw near to Him with something more than our minds. We engage our will to trust Him and our hearts to love and rest in Him. When Christ is at the core of our soul we come together with Him, we are united to Him. We “Come unto Me” and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. When we come to Him, we are called to take up His yoke, to obey Him, to serve Him. When we release our tensions, our anxieties, our fears and put our trust in the infinite love and power of Jesus, He becomes a refuge from the tempest, a covert from the storm, an ocean full of blessing. We find peace beyond understanding when we say, “You are My Master, and to You, I bow my knee.” We are delivered from the unrest of self-will and contending desires. There is rest in submission, in surrendering to the One Who loves us beyond any love we can ever imagine.
Have you found rest in “Coming unto Jesus?” Have you surrendered your will to His will? Are you exercising faith in Him as the Captain of your soul? There is rest and peace when you place your faith in Jesus, engaging your will to love and trust the Almighty God. This is the secret to finding rest for your soul. “O the deep, deep love of Jesus, love of every love the best! ’Tis an ocean full of blessing, ’tis a haven giving rest!”