The Bible is God’s word to you. It is not conditional on your belonging to any organized religion, nor is it conditional on a ritual, your past behavior, and certainly not on any human leadership, or personal ability.
The Bible is a spiritual manual, given to you, to meet you in any need.
Read the following promises from God. Think deeply upon them, and feel God’s presence in your life. God is a “very present help in time of trouble.” (Psalm 46:1).
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and heavy 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.”
This is one of the most beloved passages in the New Testament. It is an invitation aimed at all: the curious, those who have strayed away from their faith, and the devout. It is also for those who have been struggling in an effort to find truth.
It is an invitation from Jesus. It is actually two invitations with two promises. The first invitation is to all who are weary and heavy burdened – burdened by guilt, or personal issues, or health issues, and such. It is an invitation to those of us who have become so overwhelmed by the issues of life that even physical rest escapes us. Sleep is fleeting, and restless. When we awake, we are more exhausted than before we slept. We feel the relentless oppression of life’s pressures.
Jesus said, if you will just “come to me” I will provide you with rest – physical rest. You will receive a respite from unrelenting stress. It is like a cool breeze on a sweltering night. This physical rest is an inducement for you to accept the second invitation.
“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.” If life has become a forest of oppression (health issues, family issues, financial issues, moral issues, work issues) without a path out of this despair; Jesus is saying, walk with me and you will be on the path to relief, joy, and the blessings of life.
You may wonder how to answer the invitation when Jesus says, “Come to me.” You can accept this invitation by responding and saying something like this: “I can’t handle this anymore by myself. Jesus, I am told you have promised to help. Please help me.” Just by asking, you will unconditionally experience (physical) rest. To experience His promise of rest for your soul (a spiritual rest) accept his invitation to walk with him (read Romans 10:9) and get to know him personally. He has promised to listen and to lead you. He will give you rest for your soul.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer, and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
The key to understanding this verse is to be able to answer this one question. What is faith?
The answer: Faith is believing in, and depending on, God’s promises. God has made specific promises to you. They are written down in the Bible.
In this verse, God tells you not to worry or be anxious about anything. This statement reflects the position of Scripture throughout the whole Bible. This is the first thing angels always say – “Fear not.”
It is one thing to say don’t worry, but how do you stop it? You can’t stop worrying by the exercise of will; not by self effort. The answer is: “In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.
“Faith” is believing in, and depending on, God’s promises.
“Prayer” is the expression of our dependence upon his promises.
“Supplication” means to keep praying, over and over again.
“Thanksgiving” is that forward look of faith that thanks God for the answer before you see it. Thanksgiving is acknowledging that God “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
God has promised you, if you let him know your requests, he will answer in a way that will fill your soul with a peace that passes all understanding.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you nor forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” (Deuteronomy 31:8)
This is one of the most often repeated promises of the Bible. God makes it clear to us that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
Feelings of helplessness and loneliness are emotions that are devastating to the human soul. God created the human soul built for relationships. Fear, worry and anxiety caused by a sense of abandonment, rejection, or loss are crippling. Likewise, the sense of being put in a situation where you feel you are helpless to control the outcome causes chronic stress. Chronic stress is directly related to the cause of chronic heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, impaired immune function, cancer, obesity, depression, dementia, and other chronic diseases.
God is saying, you do not need to feel helpless or alone because He is always with you. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. You have the full source of love and unlimited power with you at all times. It is your choice to trust God’s promises and know that God is in control of all situations and all circumstances. Choose to believe and trust in God’s promises to you.
“I will return to you the years the locusts have eaten.”
This promise is not as familiar as the others; however, it is one of my favorites and brings great comfort to everyone who trusts in it as a promise to them.
God is saying that he is fully aware of your circumstances and he has a redeeming power for all circumstances.
You may have lost years of a joyful relationship with a family member, a child or a spouse, because of your own personal mistakes. God is promising you, that he has the ability to return to you the years the locusts have eaten. In other words, in a single season, God can repair and redeem relationships that have been worn away over the years. God will return to you the years the locusts have eaten.
You may have lost years of peace and joy in your life because of an addiction. God is promising you, He can return to you the years the locusts have eaten. In a single moment God can remove an addiction that has gripped you for years of your life.
You may have lost years of peace and joy because of a crippling disease such as cancer. God is promising you He has redeeming power and the ability to return to you the years the locusts have eaten.
Theologians and scholars have written volumes upon volumes about these few verses. I suggest that you read just the verses each morning and each evening for the next 30 days. The One who wrote them will instill their meaning into your heart and you will experience the peace that passes all understanding.
We are not meant to live a life of stress,
We are meant to live in the truth of the Bible’s spiritual promises.
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