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Admit it: Americans have a need for speed. We can make anything into a race, we complain about “slow” 3G cell phone service and we push the speed limit on the interstate. Just like the old Burger King jingle, we’ve started to expect everything “your way, right away.” If you’re like me, this desire for instant gratification has often led to quick decisions made without seeking the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

Following Jesus means learning to slow down and rest. Hebrews 4:4 says, “For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: ‘On the seventh day God rested from all his works.’” If the Creator of the Universe rested, then His followers should rest.

Not only is rest is biblical, Jesus wants us to come to Him to find it. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Jesus promises to give us rest in exchange for our burdens. This transaction pinpoints one reason many of us struggle to slow down. Rest requires humility. It forces us to repent of our pride and admit that someone or something can survive without us for a period of time. Our burdens may not be lifted at the speed we like, but through resting we hear God’s voice and are molded in His image. When’s the last time you made rest a priority? How can you do that this week?

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