Rest can be lost AND returned!

We are not in control, and have never been.  We are not promised a trouble-free life.  The opposite is true.  Bodies break down.  Accidents happen.   Believers get sick and die like the rest of the world.   Budgets are destroyed overnight. Comforts that we take for granted are taken from us overnight.  Tragedies compound like they did yesterday in the province of Nova Scotia.  Hearts ache for the loss all around us.   We even end up secretly disappointed in our own weakness to ride out this present COVID-19 “storm” with an “unshakable” faith.
 
I know, I sound rather bleak, maybe even a little dark.
 
But then a verse from the Bible comes flying off the page.   You can breathe again because you know it’s true.  It’s what your faith has been waiting to hear.  A word from God’s Word.  It’s like a whisper from heaven. 
 

Psalm 116:7   “Return to your rest, O my soul, for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”     

It dawns on you that “rest” is often found in a crisis not without it.

That seems to be what Jeremiah, the ancient prophet told Israel.

Jeremiah 6:16 (ESV) Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Returning to God and His way is the Bible’s prescription for rest. 

And rest is what Jesus offered to a weary world when he walked the dusty roads of ancient Israel.  Recall His words written down by St. Matthew:

Matthew 11:28-30 (ESV)   “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The gentle and humble Jesus is the source of rest for our souls.  Return to Him, answer His call, listen to His Word and you will find yourself telling others that “the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.” 

He invites you to come to Him and He will generously give you the rest that your soul needs.

Rest in Him,
 
Pastor Deric