He Will Give You Rest

 

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Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give thee rest.  (Matthew 11:28)

When the world, my heart is rending with it’s heaviest storm of care, my glad thoughts to heaven ascening, find a refuge from despair.  Faiths bright vision shall sustain me, till lifes pilgrimage is past.  Fears may vex, and trouble pain me.  I shall reach my home at last.  –Spurgeon

Even in weariness of body, God gives rest to my spirit.  “Return unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee”.  (Ps. 116:7)  It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions, they fail not, they are new every morning.  Great is thy faithfulness.  (Lamentations 3:22)  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3).

As I cry for mercy on the most difficult days, sometimes God sends relief, other times God is silent.  I have learned that His silence is for the purpose of stretching my faith, and growing my understanding.    Time can seem to crawl by when you are uncomfortable, but time is nothing to God.  He is not subject to it.  Oswald Chambers said “A wonderful thing about God’s silence is that the contagion of His stillness gets into you”.  God tells us in His Word to “be still and know that I am God”.   When I had my health and energy, I was never still.  I have no problem being still now.

Even though on some days I am assailed with doubt as to my ability to persevere, I cannot give credence to feelings.  What I am in need of in those moments, is not for the Lord to help me feel that I can get through, but to make certain in me, the knowledge that “Not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit” I will persevere.

I can imagine no better way to learn absolute dependence upon Jesus Christ, than to have self-sufficiency stripped away.  And we know all things work together for good, to them that are the called according to His purposes.  (Romans 8:28).

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 

Hebrews 4:9