“Come unto Me, all you that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
It’s a “Blessed Invitation” for “whosoever will.”
What’s your vision of the “Perfect Place of Peace”? An idyllic, isolated, desert island with white-sand beaches, the rhythmic ebb-and-flow of the tide, cool sea breezes, sitting in the shade of a palm tree, sipping a fruit drink? Or, is it more of a secluded hideaway high in the mountains where the panoramic view is spectacular and you can see for miles with nary a person in sight?
Both sound inviting, don’t they?
The only problem is that most folks won’t ever get to visit one of these spots. And, even if you do, the time will be short-lived and you’ll likely come home more tired and poorer than you were when you left.
But, today’s Manna is truly a sublime one—yea, a “keeper”—for in it we find the true “Secret of Peace.” And, what and where might that be?
Basking in Jesus Love as we rest in His loving Arms. Glory!!
Other religions may promise inward peace, but it’s only after learning to repress evil thoughts and desires. And, this is never accomplished in one lifetime; you must keep being reborn again and again until you get it “right” or become “enlightened.”
Another religion says “Ours is the way to peace,” but to experience it you must “achieve” it through right living, keeping certain rituals, abstaining from certain food and drinks, etc. And, if you’re really serious, you might even be called on to give your life for your god in a dramatic, explosive way to prove your love for him.
Yet, the God of Abraham would never ask you to do that.
Instead, He sent “His only-begotten Son into the world to die FOR YOU that through HIS death, you might become an adopted, pardoned child of His” (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:6-11). And, it’s in “knowing Him” (Phil. 3:10) that you experience the peace and rest He talks of in today’s Manna.
How wonderful to know that we can “come just as we are” (v.28)—“weary and heavy-laden” . . .worn-out, burned-out, washed-up. . .and be “yoked” to Him in a “communion-union” (v.29a), where He takes the lead and we simply follow in surrender (v.29b). . .and, in so doing, we discover what it means to be “meek and lowly” (v.29c) instead of being haughty, arrogant, “high-and-mighty” without any peace-of-mind and serenity of soul.
Yes, true Peace is found when we “come to Jesus.”
It’s not religion; it’s relationship. It’s not rote ritual; it’s right-standing with God (righteousness) through His Son. It’s not the result of pills, potions or prescriptions; it’s because of His indwelling Presence controlling all. Are you resting in Him today, Pilgrim? If not, stop right now, bow your head, close your eyes and “capture your thoughts” (II Cor. 10:3-5) as you “turn your eyes upon Jesus” (Heb. 12:2a). Then, rest in Him as you let Him love on you.
By Tom Smith Morning Manna Dated December 20, 2010