FINDING REST IN GOD
Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles. . . . Oh, how I wish I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!
Psalm 55:2, 6
Have you ever been so burdened by stress that you wished you could just get on a plane and fly away? Most of us at one time or other have had troubles so overwhelming, situations so burdensome and heavy, that we, like the psalmist, have wished we could fly away like a bird and be at rest. We may imagine a getaway to a quiet beach or the mountains, a place free from stress and problems and endless responsibilities.
We dream of a turnaround in a pressing situation so that we won’t have that to worry about anymore. But God offers a kind of rest that is different from what our own minds would conceive. God offers us rest in the midst of our distress. It is the only true rest—an inner rest that comes from abandoning ourselves to the Lord and entrusting to him whatever troubles or problems are overwhelming us. Instead of flying away, run straight into the arms of God, and rest in his care and love for you today.
OH, LORD, I do want my problems solved and my troubles removed, but from the crushing weight of my burdens, I turn my eyes to you. I entrust this perplexity to you. Enable me to find my rest in you, to discover a place of deeper abandonment and security in your everlasting love. You are my only rock. You are my only rest.
HOW SHALL WE REST IN GOD?
BY GIVING OURSELVES WHOLLY TO HIM