Saturday, April 26, 2008

Resting in the Lord

Life has been filled with stress lately. I find that when things aren't movely along smoothly I tend to allow myself to stress. I have seen this many times over my life. In Philippians 4:4-9, it talks about how one is suppose to rejoice always. It doesn't say to rejoice in only good times or when things are going the way you think they should. God never promised that life would be easy while we were on earth. He does say in Phil. 4:5, Matthew 28:20 & Heb. 13:8 that he will be with us. That should be enough for us to know that we can rest in Him even during the troubled waters or storms. We are told to bring everything to the Lord. I find myself turning to Him during these stressful times but always wanting to take it back so I can control the situation. Am I really going to know what is best? I may think so, but in reality, I know that is not true. God has shown that to me many times over. We are commanded not to be anxious for anything in Phil. 4:6. With such a specific command, how do we think we could know better? The best way to put into practice resting in the Lord is by taking time to mediate on His Word, praying, sitting under Godly teaching, & fellowshipping with other believers. This will help one keep their eyes, heart, & mind focused where God would have them. When you are able to do that, you are more apt to rest in the Lord during those times that would normally be stressful.
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8