by John Barnett

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Christ: Refuge for the Weary (6 of 28)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

If anyone should have been stressed out and weary it was Jesus. He lived the perfect human life, yet--He lived in a whirlwind of activity. He was constantly eating, walking, talking, and sleeping with twelve men who never seemed to leave Him alone. Vast crowds and desperate individuals sought him out. He was chided, rebuked, and even scoffed at by His own family.

He was the personal target of Satan, who tempted Him, tried to derail Him, and entered people to drive them to destroy Him. He was attacked by every demon that could be rounded up to scream at Him, thrash around in front of Him, and seek to bother Him.

Civil and religious authorities, always plotting to catch Him and take Him off for punishment and execution, hounded him. His life was so full of people and ministry that he often didn't even have a moment to stop to eat. Yet, in the midst of all that, Jesus was peaceful, calm, focused, and confidently following God's will. How did He do that?

If we follow Him, we can find His secret. Though we can never be sinless, we can learn and follow His pattern for the perfect life in step with God's will. Although Jesus lived an extremely full, busy, and demanding life, every time He is seen in the Scriptures, He is quiet, composed, and led by the Spirit.

Jesus was God, yet He lived the perfect human life as a man. What kept that perfect life on earth so strong? What was His secret? Time alone with God that rested His soul. He stopped everything else and rested in God.

You can revitalize your walk in this world by starting or restarting a habit of cultivating rest for your soul--time in the Word and time in prayer. The songwriter of Hymn #497 captures this solitude in secret with God:

There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God, a place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet, near to the heart of God, a pl ...

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