Entering His Rest
I wrote this devotional in 2017, it still applies to now!
Matthew 11:28 – Come all ye who are heavy laden (weary or burdened) and I will give you rest.
Last week I got really sick, one day I felt like I had flu symptoms. Those symptoms went away and then I began to develop this rash all over my body. These symptoms were so crazy, this included a trip to the doctor, in which he confirmed that the symptoms were present but he couldn’t find absolutely anything wrong with me. I began to hear God say, “LaKisha, you aren’t entering my rest.” Funny thing is my uncle, said this to me about a month back. He said, “Make sure you are entering the “rest” of God.” I didn’t quite get it, but clarity and revelation came between scratches, antibiotics and steroids.
The dictionary gives a couple definition of rest. “One in which we cease the movement in order, to relax, refresh oneself or recover one’s strength. The other is “A place to be supported, or to stay in a specified “position”. The Lord began to show me “His rest”, the supported position. His first instruction to me was to lay aside “every weight”. Those are the things that we carry in our hearts, which we were never meant to carry. My rash, although present in the physical, was an inward manifestation of my ability to not be “in the rest” of God. I wasn’t settled in some things, actually I was quiet anxious, and not at peace. God gave me a revelation, “What if you were to pin everything to you physically that you were carrying on the inside of you?” Fasten them to you with a clothes or safety pin, could you carry those? I began to think about how much my son’s weighed. Each of them I carry heavy in my heart, but when I calculated all five (5) of their physical weight, it added up to around 700 pounds and I know that I couldn’t physically carry that. God said, “You weren’t spiritually, or emotionally supposed to carry it either. Carrying around the extra weight, makes you heavy and prohibits you from entering my rest.” As I began to meditate on this I began to see all of the different areas and people in my life, that I was trying to carry, those things that were weighting me down and making me heavy. Physically I couldn’t carry them and neither could I spiritually or emotionally. One by one I began to pray and release those things to God. I am sure they will try to come up again, but right now I don’t want to carry that weight any more. There is a freedom in Christ Jesus.
Prayer: Lord today, I cast all my cares on you, because you care for me. Show me the weights in my life, so that I can give them to you. In Jesus Name. Amen