New Testament Lesson: Hebrews 3:7-13, 4:9-11 (Finding rest from your labors)
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 11:25-30 (Rest for the weary)
We put our hope in our work and achievement.
God commanded the Israelites in the Old Testament to rest on the seventh day of the week, every seventh year, and every 50th year of Jubilee (7 sets of 7) – as a reminder that God is in control of all things, and to experience rest for body and soul.
More than we realize, our identity gets wrapped up in our work. If I am successful at work, I am a successful person. If I fail at work, I am a failure as a person. Think of how deep your feelings of worth and success are attached to your accomplishments at work. But no amount of human achievement can ever bring the peace your soul desires. Jesus knows what we need most is rest for our souls – which can only be found in being right with God. That only happens through Jesus. Fatigue is a daily reminder that we are mortal – that we need Jesus, who gives us life.