Give It a Rest

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Daily Reformation, Matthew 11:28-30

From the Reformer

Heavy thoughts bring on physical maladies; when the soul is oppressed, so is the body. Augustine said well: Anima plus est ubi amat, quam ubi animat. When cares, heavy cogitations, sorrow, and passions superabound, they weaken the body, which, without the soul, is dead, or like a horse without a driver. But when the heart is at rest, and quiet, then it takes care of the body, and gives it what pertains thereunto. Therefore we ought to abandon and resist anxious thoughts, by all possible means.

—Martin Luther, Table Talk

Pulling It Together

“I hate that more than anything!” he said to his pastor, driving home from lunch after Sunday worship.

“What’s that?” his pastor asked.

“Those people cutting their grass on the Lord’s Day. They should know better,” he quickly replied. In fact, it was not the first time he had mentioned this to his pastor. Finally, he stopped making the comment when his pastor asked him one Sunday if he felt the same way about the cooks, servers, and dishwashers working in the various restaurants they frequented on Sunday afternoons. You will not be surprised to hear though, that he still grumbled when they drove by those few people who they might see working on their lawns on Sundays. He seemed awfully worked up about the subject and could find no rest for his soul on the matter. If Christ himself were to be found trimming the church lawn, he would have received a severe rebuke from this brother.

The Lord’s Day is a day when God insists we “give it a rest.”

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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