TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, September 05, 2019:
Refreshing ease or inactivity after exertion or labor; peace and quiet; freedom from care; a time of quiet; an interval of tranquility.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
And He said to them, come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
For many people life is a struggle. Many people are working longer and harder hours just to keep food on the table and a roof over their head for their families. They are weary and need a break. The scriptures remind us that rest at times is needed and important.
God demonstrated to us when He created the world what He thought about rest. It is written that on the seventh day God ended His work that He had made and He rested on the seventh day. If God needs to rest then we surely need to as well. God also ordained for us in the writing of the Ten Commandments that the seventh day be a day of rest and a day of worship. God created our bodies so He knew our bodies would grow tired and need rest and restoration. God also knew we would need to renew our spiritual strength as well.
Jesus also needed rest when He ministered here on earth and it was difficult for Him to find a time and place to rest. In Mark 6:31 Jesus saw that it was time to rest and He called His disciples to come to Him to find a quiet place so they could rest awhile.
Doing what God calls us to do is very important but there are many times that we need to stop a moment and take a rest to renew ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. In the verse above from Matthew Jesus tells us to come to Him and He will give us rest.
All too often we try to do things on our own without God, and it is only when we fail that we recognize we cannot carry on by ourselves alone and we are willing to acknowledge that we need Him. Oswald Chambers wrote in his book, “My Utmost for His Highest,” that the attitude of coming to Jesus is that we will let go of everything and deliberately commit all to Him. It is only then that we can experience the rest and renewal that Jesus gives.
Cleveland McAfee wrote the words to the song “Near to the Heart of God,” in 1901 after the death of his two nieces from diphtheria. The words are: “There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God, a place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.” These words offer us hope when we are hurting and need rest from the burden of grief and suffering. In times of trial and tribulation there is needed spiritual refreshment that can only come from God.
Romans 8:31-39 tells us that nothing is able to separate us from the enduring love of the Lord. I Peter 5:7 tells us to leave all of our cares and burdens to Him for He cares for you. Yes, near to the heart of God is the place for us to rest from the pressures of life.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 27:1.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Thank You for Your promise that when we come to You that You will give us rest. Draw me to Your place of quiet rest near to the heart of God.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
May we encourage you to send a DONATION to help:Deliver a box of food to feed a poor family for one week in the inner cities of America --- the poorest of the poor and/or to children and their families in a third world country. (we deliver food boxes to 20 third world countries.)
SPONSOR ONE BOX FOR ONLY $7.00
CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION.
(All gifts are income tax deductible)