I am up late tonight after watching a baseball game, and 2 football games concurrently. I need physical rest. This devotional talks about the perfect rest we have as believers in Jesus Christ. Rejoice in what God has done for us.
A perfect rest!
(“Every Day!” Author unknown, 1872)
“There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God!” Hebrews 4:9
There is present rest in Christ for the weary and heavy laden, who truly come to Him–for He is faithful who has promised, and He has said to such, “I will give you rest! Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart–and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30
There is present rest for the tried believer in the bosom of his heavenly Father. Amidst the anxieties and turmoils of life–how good it is, my soul, to return unto your rest in Him who has dealt so bountifully with you!
But yet there remains a rest to the people of God–a perfect rest . . .
from the burden of guilt,
from spiritual conflict,
from the temptations of the evil one, and
from all the sorrowing and sighing of this valley of tears!
There is in the future a perfect repose of soul, abiding tranquility–and unbroken, eternal rest. Not a rest of inaction, but a rest in happy, unwearied service–and in the enjoyment of the perfect love of God.
My soul, trustfully anticipate the rest that awaits you in the home of the redeemed, in the place that Jesus is preparing for His redeemed people!
“Return to your rest, O my soul–for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you!” Psalm 116:7
“There shall I bathe my weary soul
In seas of heavenly rest;
And not a wave of trouble roll
Across my peaceful breast!”
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This is the rest I anxiously await. Hopefully it is yours also. Let us meditate on these great promises of God.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001