Sunday, December 18, 2011


Rest and peace!

Verse for Today: Sunday, December 18, 2011

1 Kings 8:56 – Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses.

When we go through chaos and confusion in a restless world, it is likely that we loose hope. The world is trying to solve its conflicts and confusions, but the more they try, the more they find irresolvable chaos. While we live in such a restless world, we do not need to wallow in our confusing situations because our God is able to solve our problems and give us rest in His holy presence. When He promises to look after our affairs, we do not need to be restless, but can relax in His presence. There is a resolve for all our complicated situations in His presence. He has promised us rest and this rest can be found not only when we reach heaven, but it is promised for our present situations no matter how complicated it might be. Our God looks after our situations and gives us peace that passes all understanding in all our affairs. He gives us peace and rest as He has made us seated in heavenly places with Him where the chaos of this world would not affect us. We have the heavenly assurance that none of what He has promised will fail because our Lord doesn’t fail.

Dear friend, are you getting boggled down because of the intensity of chaos and confusion that prevail around you? Are your situations taking your peace away from you and giving you insomnia? But there is no need for you to suffer such restlessness because your Lord has promised you rest and peace in His presence. In order for you to experience this peace and rest, you need to spend more and more time in the Lord’s presence and ask that you may be filled with His peace and rest. Abraham experienced this peace and rest even when he was a childless ‘father of many nations’ and lived by faith to earn that title. David experienced such peace and rest as the anointed king of Israel even when he was running for life. Joseph had such a rest while in the pit and the dungeon. Daniel found such peace and rest even in the lion’s den. When the brook of Cherith dried and the ravens stopped coming with lunch and dinner, Elijah found reasons for rest and peace in the presence of God. Apostle Peter had such a rest and peaceful sleep the night before his expected execution. Apostle Paul kept his ministry of writing about the peace of God when he was in a dungeon in Rome. They sought peace and rest and the Lord gave it to them. If we so desire and ask the Lord, He will give us rest and peace in His presence no matter what our situation is or who is fighting us. Our Lord will guard our hearts and minds from anxiety and anguish even in the worst scenarios of life. As we rest, our Lord works out victory for us in our situations. Today He is challenging us to take Him at His Word and trust Him to fulfill His promise of rest and peace no matter how complicated our situations are. Let us today draw from His well of peace and drink to our brim and rest at His green pastures and cool waters.

Exodus 33:14 – The Lord replied, “My presence will go with you and I will give you rest.”

Thought for Today

God’s promise of rest is made available to all His children who genuinely desire and seek Him and His presence.


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