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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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Come to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
The gospel announces that rest is only to be found in a knowledge of God, because God has made us, and He has made us in such a way that we never can know rest apart from Him. Augustine put that perfectly when he said, “Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our souls are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”
You can scale the heights or plumb the depths, you can travel around the world, as many people have done, trying to find rest and peace, but you will never find it. God has so made us—and this is the glory and the dignity of man—that nothing can finally be made at rest until our souls are satisfied in God. And the world, I suggest to you, is an eloquent sermon on that particular theme. With all that we have in the modern world of wealth and culture and education and everything else, look at the picture of unutterable restlessness all around us. “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isaiah 57:21). There is no rest apart from a knowledge of God.
The Lord alone can give us this knowledge. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heaven laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me” (Matthew 11:28-29). Notice the personal reference; all along He is pointing to Himself. Yes, but He is doing more than that—He is contrasting Himself with everybody else. His claim is that “Neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him” (Matthew 11:27). He says that not only can He give us this knowledge of God, but that no one and nothing else can give us and create this knowledge in us.
A Thought to Ponder
“Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our souls are restless until they find their rest in Thee.”
From The Heart of the Gospel, p. 162.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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