Resting in God’s Promises
I am not one who is a good at resting. I think I took after my dad as even though he is officially “retired” he doesn’t sit still, ever. There are always projects and always things to be done and I am the exact same way.
If you asked Colby, he would tell you that I don’t believe in naps and day 1 after quitting my job, guess what I did? I set my alarm for early that morning. In my mind, there is always stuff to do and never enough time to do it. It’s amazing how my physical and spiritual life could be so different.
One would think that someone who is going through a trial, whether it’s infertility, a devastating loss, a financial crisis, an abusive situation or anything else would be full of anxiety, heartache and confusion, but I want to remind you today that doesn’t have to be the case.
Will there be hard days. Absolutely. Will there be tears. Of course. But you know what I am so grateful for? Is the gift of resting in the promises of God. God’s promises are his Word and you know what his Word offers? A place of meaningful rest. That means that no matter what you are facing right now, you can rest knowing that God is with you, that he loves you, that he has good plans for you and that no situation is too out of reach or too impossible for him.
I can rest in my 5+ journey of waiting for miracle babies because I know what God’s promises are for me. God’s promises are yes and amen. I know every word God speaks will come to pass. I know that God withholds no perfect gift from his children. I know that God is for me, not against me. I know that God’s timing is always perfect. I know that God gives strength to the weary and increases power to the weak. I know that no weapon formed against me will prosper. I know that God has plans to give me a hope and a future. I know that God works for the good of those who love him, including me. I know that nothing is impossible with God, not even infertility. I know that he designs life for his children, based on his original mandate of being fruitful and multiplying. I know that none will be barren or miscarry (2 Corinthians 1:20, Ezekiel 12:25, Psalm 84:11, Romans 8:31, Galatians 6:9, Isaiah 40:29,Isaiah 54:17,Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Luke 1:37, Genesis 1:28, Exodus 23:26).
Every one of those scriptures above are promises for you and me. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow and the way you can find true rest is by resting in his promises (Hebrews 13:8). That means that the more you know the promises of God, the more rest you will find. The opposite holds true too. The more you cling to the lies of this world, the more you will be anxious and worried.
Coming from someone who isn’t good at sitting still and always has a growing to-do list, I want to tell you from experience that there is nothing as sweet as choosing to find emotional and spiritual rest in Jesus in the middle of a chaotic season. Clearly I need to work on the physical aspect of it all.
Today, if you are feeling weary and burdened from life God wants you to come to him and he will meet you right where you are with his gentleness and love (Matthew 11:28-30). The hardship you are facing today doesn’t have to be filled with anxiety, because God offers you something so much greater. He is ready for you to pursue him and his word and when you do? He will give you the most meaningful, peaceful and joyous rest.
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