“Yes, my soul, finds rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalms 62:5

When your soul feels worn out and withered, we are at times tempted to feel defeated. Our natural human impulses aren’t always ones that are given over to optimism or a “glass-half-full” mentality. Even if you are a person that would describe yourself as a person of faith, sometimes, you have to tell yourself to believe what you know to be true about where our refreshments comes from.

There are times when the current news cycle feels as though it is filled with nothing but endless, terrible information. It can feel overwhelming when it seems that we are bombarded by challenges from every side. There is a famous song that says, “prone to wander, Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love.” Our souls may be seeking solace and satisfaction in a myriad of other things. It is then that we must speak to our own soul to tell it the truth. As it says in Psalm 62, the only source of true and sustainable rest is God, alone.

In The Message version of Matthew 11:28-30. It says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

The idea of the “unforced rhythms of grace” brings rest, and is a product of a genuine connection with Jesus. We can spend so much time working, striving, straining, and trying to manufacture a connection with God that we forget that He desires to provide what we need freely. We are continually burdened by what we are attempting to carry in our own strength. He desires that we would learn to live free and light. There is a real opportunity to find real rest in a real Jesus!

When you read Matthew 11:28-30, what speaks to you in this season?

Excerpt from Finding Soul Rest: 40 Days of Connecting with Christ: A Devotional

Author of Soul Rest: Reclaim Your Life. Return to Sabbath., Curtis advocates intentional self-care through Sabbath practice.

Curtis Zackery (CZ), a sought-after speaker and author, pastors at Church of the City, Franklin, TN, a rapidly growing multi-campus church. His contagious gospel passion defies barriers of age, ethnicity, and religion. CZ offers a raw, relevant gospel perspective through teaching, speaking, and writing. With 15 years of diverse ministry, including church planting, pastoring, and addressing themes like rest and the gospel’s beauty, he brings unique insights. CZ holds degrees from Liberty University and Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. Prior to pastoral duties at Church of the City, he directed programs at Kids Across America.