The first step, then, is to come. Again Chambers said, “Anything that disturbs rest in Him must be cured at once, and it is not cured by being ignored, but by coming to Jesus Christ.” This takes loving determination. He requires diligence to enter His rest. So make your way to Him. Refuse the obstacles that distract you or seek to replace Him.
Be like the woman who was bleeding internally for twelve years, who “had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse” (Mark 5:26). Then, on the day Jesus was passing by, she had to contend with a large crowd pressing around Him.
But she dug her way through – through people, past failures, doubt, shame, and all other options. She had to touch Jesus; she had to experience Him. Probably on her hands and knees in the crowd, her arms reaching through the swarm of feet and legs and dirt, she grasped the edge of Jesus’ cloak. At once she felt a silent, distinct jolt throughout her body. Power flowed. Bleeding stopped. Jesus said, “Daughter, your faith has saved you; go in peace and be healed of your affliction” (Mark 5:34). She had gotten hold of Jesus. She entered His rest.
So can you. He’s calling you now. Come to Me.
Come to Him, not just to lift the burden or to solve the problem, but to know Him – to experience Him – as He is. “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” (Psa 34:8). He is wonderful. He is gentle and humble of heart. His love and care are constant and almighty. When you grasp hold of Him, His life flows into yours. The glory of His character rubs off on you, transforms you, and rules your heart with peace. Then the secret is unveiled: He becomes your rest.