Rest Not Stress

by David Jeremiah
December 5, 2011
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And He said to them,”Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Mark 6:31a

“Cure stress permanently!” The advertisement is alluring. But notice
there’s no guarantee? Promises of proven home remedies and natural cures
for stress flood the market. So why are emergency rooms and doctors’
offices overflowing with patients complaining of symptoms that are
stress related? Provoking numerous physical and emotional conditions,
stress is the malady of our day.

But stress is not a modern-day phenomenon. The Jews of Jesus’ day
also experienced burnout. Feverishly, they worked in vain to meet the
demands of the hypocritical scribes. Jesus saw the Jews struggling under
the weight of that oppressive system and entreated them: “Come to me . .
. and I will give you rest.” Those who responded felt the weight of
their sin removed, and they experienced the promise of a new life and

Jesus’ invitation calls out to us today. Are you burdened by
unconfessed sin? Weary from responsibility, monotony, anxiety? Few
things in life come with guarantees. Accept the life-time guarantee that
Jesus offers you now: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Rest. Don’t stress.


Hebrews 7:1 — 9:28


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