This past weekend, Whitehouse Campus Pastor Shawn Bellner discussed that “To Be Your Best, You Need To Rest.” Rest is found in the presence of God, not the absence of the storm.
Life can feel like the moving steps of an escalator going down when you are trying to achieve an upward step in your life. Always striving to reach your goal but never getting anywhere, running ourselves down physically and mentally.
In Psalm 46:10, we are called to be still and know that he is God. God calls us to cease our panic and know him intimately. When we are still, we begin to know and experience the power of God.
It’s easy to be fearful when things aren’t going well or when we are faced with challenges and conflict in our lives.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Sometimes we just need to open our eyes, step back, stop what we’re doing, and acknowledge who God is and what he can do. This helps to provide comfort and peace in the middle of our struggles.
Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
He is our refuge from the storms of life and our shelter in the midst of our suffering. His purpose will never fail, and he will be glorified throughout the whole earth.
We are to rest in the knowledge that he is our faithful God and supreme creator of all. Our LORD is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger, and abounds in loving kindness. He is omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere), omnipotent (all-powerful), holy, sovereign, faithful, infinite, and good.
The more we understand God who God is and his character, the more we will grow in the area of trusting him. When we surrender ourselves to God, we will find peace even when our life seems overwhelming and out of control. Hope will always sustain us in our darkest hour.
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
What does it look like to be still? Are we capable of being still? Has COVID-19 helped us relearn how to slow down? At what times do you feel most separated from God? How does acknowledging God impact our stillness?
Today if you are feeling the stress bearing down on you, it is time for you to find your rest in Christ. Ask God to help you stand on his strength. Pray and ask him to come into your life today.
Father, we praise you that your word stands fast forever and that your precious promises encourage us to rest in your love. We pray that your name be exalted throughout the earth and that all the nations will KNOW that you are God. This we ask in the name of Jesus, amen.
This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.
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