July 19, 2017

When You Need Body and Soul Rest


Do we know when we need to rest, or do we think we are super human and can go on and on forever? I tend to think we believe that with enough determination and caffeine we can go on forever. Are we thinking about what our body and soul truly needs when we are pushing ourselves beyond our limits?

What is on your plate right now? Maybe you have a full plate or far too much on your plate. Maybe you have some hard things on your plate right now and haven’t even considered taking care of yourself with some body and soul rest.

We might not want to admit it, even when caring people around us are suggesting it – we need  rest.

If you are experiencing extreme weariness, frustration, and discouragement - the best remedy is to give all your cares to the Lord and rest in knowing He can carry it all. When you finally let go and stop wrestling, and instead rest, you will soon recognize that you are experiencing something new. In letting go and resting, you will find you are growing strong again.

Your strength is renewed when you let go and find God’s rest. 

Can you begin to imagine the incredible source of strength that comes from our Almighty All-Powerful God? Now, imagine… He is offering it to you.

Yes, the ultimate mystery and blessing is that when you find God’s rest you will also find God’s strength.


Matthew 11:28
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 40:31
But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.


(If you click on Verses for Your Encouragement at the top of this page, you will find many references among the verses listed there to God being our strength.)

July 16, 2017

Higher



I don’t know about you, but I find these verses above from Isaiah 55 genuinely comforting. They tell me about important attributes concerning the God I follow and the God I trust with all my heart.

God’s thoughts and ways are for a fact far superior to man’s wisdom. We can rest assured of this truth and that is the comforting part.

There is no doubt that God’s every thought and all His ways exceed our best human endeavors.

When we are bewildered by circumstances around us or wondering why an answer to prayer hasn’t come, or why God hasn’t worked in the way we hoped, we will find encouragement in these verses if we meditate on God’s higher ways and higher thoughts.

There is another aspect to these verses that I find to be the most powerful.
God is in control. 

Just let those words settle in your heart and believe they are true.

And, there is one more comforting aspect.

We are the benefactors of His higher ways. When we acknowledge that His ways are higher (far better!) and He is in control (Sovereign) then we can rest in knowing that the cares of this world that bear down on us, are in the hands of a Sovereign God who knows a lot more than we do.

Psalm 18:30
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the LORD is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.