Immovable Rest

…and ye shall find rest unto your souls. – Matthew 11:29

My dear brethren, if you find rest to your souls you will not be moved by the judgment of men. The children in the market-place were the type of our Lord’s generation, who railed both at John the Baptist and at our Lord. The generation which now is follows the same course, men are sure to cavil at our service. Never mind; take Christ’s yoke on you, live to serve Him; take Christ’s burden, make it a point to bear all things for His sake, and you will not be affected either by praise or censure, for you will find rest to your souls in surrendering yourself to the Father’s will. If you learn of Jesus you will have rest from the fear of men.

Next you will be delivered from fretfulness at want of success. “Then began He to upbraid the cities wherein most of His mighty works were done, because they repented not.” He had wrought His mighty works, and preached the gospel, and they did not repent. Was Jesus discouraged? Was He, as we sometimes are, ready to quit the work? No; His heart rested even then. If we come to Jesus, and take His yoke and burden, we too shall find rest, though Israel be not gathered.

Learning of Jesus we too shall rest in reference to divine decrees; we shall rejoice in whatever the Lord determines; predestination will not cast a gloom over us, but we shall thank God for all He ordains. What a blessed rest! As we open it up, does not its compass and depth surprise you? How sweet to lie passive in His hands, reconciled to every mystery, content with every dispensation, honored by every service satisfied in God! ~ C.H. Spurgeon

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