My friend Steve was sharing with me how God grabbed a hold of him during his college years. It was then that he stopped running and âgave up.â? I love the way he phrased it. Steveâs statement reminded me of Godâs effectual grace and the simplicity of the Christian life. I can be so foolish. Like Jonah, I would think that my way is better than Godâs and try to run from God. It is in times like these that I need to surrender my desires to God.
If only I can remember to rest in God, I would save myself so much trouble!
This is the great paradox of Christianity. âWhoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.â? â . We find ourselves by losing ourselves to Christ. The solution to finding rest is easier than we think. We canât do anything to earn Godâs favor or peace. We need only to humble ourselves before God, confess our sin, and submit to His will.
(To paraphrase C.J. Mahaneyâ¦) It can only be this easy, because the Savior has done the imaginably difficult. At the right time, while we were still weak, Christ died for the ungodly. He did this so that we could have peace with God. () How do we get this peace? It was Jesus who said:
Look to Jesus for peace!
This is something that I am still learning to do. Often in my Christian life, I need to be reminded to rest in God. When I am tempted to be lonely, I must find my rest in God! It is only when I surrender my will and life to God that I can remain content and peaceful. I am prone to wonder, prone to leave the God I love. But my hope and prayer is that the Lord will take my heart and seal it for His courts above. God is faithful.
Rest in peace grandfather Thomas Louie. We know your in God’s presence, experiencing fullness of joy and peace. We know God promises eternal rest to those who believe and I look forward to seeing you again.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. (ESV)
5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. (ESV)