Posted by: peebles | August 31, 2010

Mark 6:31 (NIV) Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

Mark 6:31 (NIV) Jesus said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
 
In the early 1900′s, the railways were full of majestic locomotive steam engines; the Orient-Express, George Stephenson’s Rocket and the Flying Scotsman, being one of the most famous of all. Each of these trains had to be fuelled by coal and water. Even though they would run up and down the rail track, with seemingly effortless ease, their engines would work hard to pull the passengers to their destination. Every one of them had to rest, and be re-fuelled. Each of them had to take time to recover, before they ran out of steam.
 
Many Christians are like swans, they gracefully glide across the waters of life, but underneath they are paddling like mad. Just like the steam engines, we can go about our everyday lives with seemingly effortless ease, but our spiritual engines are hard at work, hidden from the human heart. Therefore, it is in our best interest that we make time to be with the Lord all by ourselves, to spend time resting in the Lord, to be restored, refreshed and watered.

 

The Bible says in Psalm 23:2 to 3 (NIV), “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul”.
 
Jesus, in our text for today, says to His disciples, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So He is saying to each and every one of us, “Come with me to a quiet place and get some rest”. Take time to rest in the Lord.

 

The Greek word for rest is, “anapauo’, meaning, “resting place, a place of refreshing”.
We cannot run on empty for too long, or we will run out of steam, eventually we will come to a stuttering halt and need more than a few hours to get back on track. The Bible says in Isaiah 40:31 (KJV), “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength”.
 
My friend, Jesus wants you to come away from the buzz of the traffic, from the hustle and bustle of life, and take time to rest in Him, to be alone with the Lord, that He may restore your soul and strengthen you. Let the water of his word and the fuel of fire in the Holy Spirit fill your heart afresh, as you rest in the Lord.
 
God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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