Rest and Trust

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Yesterday’s LIO was about savoring every moment we are graced with instead of rushing around from one “must do” to the next. But who are you trusting to get you through each day? Does getting across the deep ravines in your life depend upon you and your abilities alone? Or perhaps on other human beings with good intentions, but who are also flawed and imperfect, like we all are? Thankfully, there is a superior, better alternative.

In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus promises:

28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

 

In other words, now is the right time to put down your heavy burden and entrust it to Christ. Let the creator of the universe, who loves you perfectly, carry your load. You may be thinking, “But I don’t know him. How can I trust God?”.

When trying to share my faith with my much younger brother, I said to him, “If our house was on fire, do you know without a doubt I would come in and rescue you?”. He answered, “I sure do.” So I asked him, “Why? It’s never happened so how do you know?”. To which he replied, “Because you always rescue me.” I am sure I have since failed him a thousand times, but in God’s case, it is the irrefutable truth that we can trust him with everything.

In Hebrews 13:5, it states we have no need to rush about seeking for wealth, safety, or power because, “…for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!” –Amplified Bible (AMP).

We should trust God because he is worthy of our trust. Trust in the all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful, gracious, merciful, loving God, who saves us and gives us not only life here on Earth full of deep meaning and purpose but also everlasting life with him thereafter.

 

Today’s pause revolves around trusting God. So make the decision to get to know God by intentionally spending time in his Holy Word, his love letter to humanity. Do it before any other activity of your day every day. Pause to take time to learn who he is and how much he loves you. Pause to learn your best life begins when your will and your way, the path you walk every day, is determined by your trust in and will to follow and obey God. The only way to know God is to seek him daily in his unerring Word, the Bible. If you do this, you will find him there waiting and willing to carry the burdens of your life for you while you walk in his ways and share the Good News of his love for all of us.

Questions:
Are you sick and tired of being sick, tired, and defeated by life? Are you ready to seek the truth and embrace God’s love for you?

Next Steps:

Talk with your campus team, group leader, Celebrate Recovery leader, or check out Week One of Growth Track to learn more about having a personal, forever relationship with the one true God. It will change your life in ways for the better you cannot begin to imagine.

Prayer:
Lord, thank you for loving us so much that you paid the price of our sins through the suffering, death, and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ. Thank you for giving us a brand new life and eternity with you. Thank you for freeing us from sin’s grip and destruction. Lord, please help us to put our relationship with you at the center of our lives where you belong and want to be in order to guide and guard us against temptation and sin. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen.


This post was written by Martha Preckler and the LIO team. Martha loves Jesus and growing closer to him every day. She loves serving on the Sparkle Team and Greeter Team, as a Landing Leader, GrowthTrack hostess, and fill-in writer for LIO. Martha is the grateful mother of two grown sons and one daughter-in-law. Both sons are good writers, but one is a published urban fantasy writer and self-proclaimed grammar dictator, which he swears he picked up from his mother. She has been a Toledo Business Journal contributor, speech writer, as well as creator of dozens of promotional pieces for seniors’ events and programming offer by the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.


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