How do we find rest for our restless souls? True rest is not found in an afternoon at the spa, or by curling up in front of the TV, or from an hour of browsing Pinterest or Twitter.
Our Lord shows us the way to rest in Jeremiah 6:16:
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’” (emphasis mine)
Derek Kidner comments:
As for the compassionate offer of rest for your souls, it is brushed aside—for as sinners we do not take kindly either to God’s diagnosis of our restless state or to his remedy for it. That remedy…, both here and in our Lord’s quotation of the last line (Mt. 11:29), is no rest-cure but a redirection: the blessed relief of stepping out along the right way. Jesus interprets this in personal terms of walking with him as his working partners (‘my yoke upon you’) and his pupils (‘learn from me’). ~The Message of Jeremiah, p. 46, emphasis mine
Relief comes when we take a step of repentance for our laziness or craving of other’s approval that leads us to seek satisfaction for our souls online. It comes when we trust in the forgiveness that comes only through the atoning death of Jesus Christ.
We find true rest when we fulfill our God-assigned good works, by the grace of God, in a God-honoring manner: bending to the privilege of becoming God’s working partner, His student.
So what good and ancient road of obedience do you need to take a step down today?
Walk and experience blessed relief.