I was sharing with you last week about our souls, and how to let our spirits lead them. Here’s another thing about souls. They get tired. And Jesus has an answer for that: His rest. He holds it forth to us in this breathtaking Scripture. He invites us to come, and to receive His provision of rest.
I read this passage today, for the first time in The Passion Translation. Put into fresh wording, it captivated me all over again. Allow me to share it here with you:
“Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me. For all that I require of you will be pleasant and easy to bear” (Matt. 11:28-30, TPT).
Here’s what Holy Spirit spoke to me through this. Jesus here is self-disclosing. His rest for our souls is encapsulated in this self-disclosure of His. Deep rest for our inner being comes through the revelation of who He is. When He invites us to come to Him, He is simultaneously inviting us to “learn of Him.” In other words, He is inviting us to come let Him pour revelation of Himself into our hearts. Revelation of His nature. Revelation of His essence.
We’re not talking about head-level knowledge here. Rather, what He wants to give us is heart-level revelation of His gentleness, of His lowliness. Heart-level revelation of how He kneels down to meet us at our level, and to lift us up. Deep-heart revelation that He is easy to please… that He is profoundly delighted with our desire to draw near to Him… and that His heart lights up with happiness when we come close.
In this revelation of His heart is where our refreshment and rest will be.
Do you sometimes feel afraid that you just won’t get it? That your scars and the war-marks on your soul will keep you from knowing Him that way? There is incredible encouragement for you in the previous verse of this passage: “The Son is able to unveil the Father to anyone he chooses” (v. 27, TPT). He is able to reach your battle-weary heart with this deep-level revelation of His love that you so desperately need. He is able. He is able, and He is willing. He is faithful, and He will do it. It’s who He is. He is Healer. He longs to heal those wounds you carry inside. As you cry out for Him, He will meet you exactly where you are.
So come to Him. Just as you are, come to Him. Let this prayer well up from deep inside you: “Jesus, my soul needs rest. You are my rest. You are my oasis. I’m joining my life to Yours. Teach me the essence of Your nature. You are able to unveil Daddy to me. You are willing. You are eager. Reveal His love to my heart of hearts! At the deepest core level of me, show me who You are!”
Has there come a point in your life when head knowledge started to become deep heart knowledge? If so, what was the turning point? What made the difference?