There is a Rest for Weary Travellers

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One morning after a tiring ordeal just recently, I wakened to find that the Lord had given me the words of the following little poem, which I quickly scribbled down…

There is a rest for weary travellers

Upon the rugged seas of life;

There is forgiveness for burdened travellers,

A refuge sweet from every strife.

So come now with thy troubled thoughts

And lay them at the mercy seat,

For Jesus walked those waves before you

And ever lives thy soul to greet.

Oh do not journey on in life

Till here in mercy’s hour you find

Sin and hell and death defeated

By the Saviour of mankind.

Elizabeth Burke

I was thinking of the waves of the sea, not so far from my home – but I was also thinking in terms of the analogy of ‘the hilly road of life,’ as our home lies at the foot of a steep hill. “Upon the rugged seas of life” could well be substituted by “Upon the hilly road of life” and “For Jesus walked those waves before you” could be substituted by “For Jesus trod those hills before you.”

Whether it is high seas, rough roads, the scorn and hostility of mankind or physical pain, sorrow and weariness… He knows what we are going through and it is His will that we “enter into His rest.”

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” (Hebrews 4v9)

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4v11)

“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”

“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched by the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4v14, 15&16)

Praise God for that Great High Priest who walked this earth before us and Who now reigns on high – a Great High Priest who loves us and knows our every need!

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