Rest

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long,and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. (Deut 33:12)


It had been a long busy day for Jesus and his disciples. It was night-time and they were crossing over to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus was resting peacefully in the back of the boat when suddenly a huge storm descended from out of nowhere. As Creator, he knew that he was Lord over nature. Although these winds and the roaring sea threatened his very life and the life of his disciples, Jesus knew that the winds and sea were subject to his sovereign authority, so he rested peacefully. These experienced fishermen, could not comprehend how a simple carpenter could sleep through this horrendous storm. Drenched to the skin, shivering from the ferocious winds, they awakened Jesus, in the hope that the one who could drive out demons, the one who taught in parables, might possibly be able to do something to save them.

Little did they realize that their passenger had authority not just over demons but also over the wind and the sea. Their boat was tilting over precariously, and another huge wave was about to splash over the deck when with one short sentence from Jesus the wind stopped, and the sea was as flat as glass. The silence was deafening as they looked out on the reflection of the moon and stars on the Sea of Galilee. The only evidence of the storm was the water dripping off their clothes into the puddles on the deck of their boat. Softly Jesus whispered to them “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?1

Can the one who drives out demons, can the one who teaches with authority, can the one who calms the winds and the sea, calm the raging storm around you, or in your soul? Can you hear the Lord asking you “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Your soul can be at rest today, because you trust the personal, living Lord who sustains you. Tonight lie down and sleep in peace, knowing that in the middle of the storms of life, the Lord will keep your soul safe. Know that just as the Lord is the sovereign authority who rules over the wind and roaring sea, the Lord is the sovereign authority who rules over all those who are causing storms in your life.

Jesus is calling out to you today …“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”2

Tonight, when you go to bed don’t be afraid, sleep sweetly, for the Lord is at your side, and will keep your foot from being snared.3 God in whom you trust is your refuge and fortress, so rest peacefully in the shadow of the Almighty.

1 Mark 4:40
2 Matt 11:28-30
3 Prov 3:26

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