A Reminder

Worries.

Everyone hates them. Seriously, who likes to feel like their stomach is inside-out? Like their heart is going to burst out of their chest? Like nothing will ever feel safe again?

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

God offers to take away this feeling – like we discussed in the last post, God takes our burdens away from us. He offers us His Peace!

This was a very quick, short, (so short, I’m not even sure it qualifies as a mini-devotional!) but hopefully meaningful reminder post about just how much God loves and cares for you. You matter so much to Him – you’re His child, after all!

“And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:8)

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Rest in His Presence

Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.  Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 4:6-7

Have you ever lay on your bed, on the verge of tears? Have you ever chased rest, but it slipped away from you the moment you thought sleep was finally going to come?

 “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.”

-Matthew 11:28-30

The dictionary says a yoke is ‘a frame fitting the neck and shoulders of a person, for carrying a pair of buckets or the like, one at each end.’

A yoke is a heavy thing to carry; it takes extreme strength and perseverance to simply lift it on to your shoulders. If we lived our lives carrying a burden such as this, we would eventually give out or give up.

But we no longer have to carry this yoke, for God says that we can give all of our troubles and burdens to Him! He will take them away or use them for our good. He loves us, even at 2:00 a.m. when our eyes can’t seem to close.

Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

-1 Peter 5:7 ESV

 

That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

– Romans 8:28 MSG*

The next time you just can’t sleep, don’t worry. God is there by your side, no matter what. Every storm eventually passes.

God will give you rest!

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*The Message (MSG) is a modern Bible translation. It doesn’t add to the Bible, for God’s Word speaks for itself, but offers modern wording to help aid the ordinary reader’s understanding.


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