Finding Rest in God through Reflection

By Pastor Mark Jordan

This week we are exploring relief from restless soul syndrome, and I hope you are finding the rest for your soul that Jesus invites you into and longs to give (Matthew 11:28-30). The last two days we looked at finding rest in God by waiting and being still; today we take that another step and consider what to do while being still and waiting. Reflect.

I love how the Apostle Paul offered the prayerful encouragement in 1 Corinthians 1:17-19a, “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (NIV).

The prayer for the church at Corinth may just as well be written for the church of today. The culture is sick and is just as restless — if not more so — than any of us. God wants you to know Him better, and learn from Him. He wants you to look with your heart, and find the hope that He has called you to…the same kind of invitation to come and find the rest for your soul. This is the power of life, and the power to live that comes from faith and belief. These are the things you need to reflect upon when the proverbial going gets tough…to see God’s presence and activity in all things…to know that even when you wander, He doesn’t…and everything you endure right now can come with a purpose to help you know and grow in the light and love of God.

I hope this process of waiting, being still, and reflecting is helpful. I concede it’s challenging when the world seems to honor the frenetic pace of hustling and bustling hither and yon. When you’re going through those times and finding your soul restless, know there is an invitation to come to Christ and learn how to wait with Him, be still with Him, and reflect upon His goodness, even when things are tough. It is in the blessing of Christ’s presence where you will find what you need — rest for your soul.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I come to you seeking rest for my soul. Help me to wait and be still with you so I can reflect on your goodness even when things around me don’t seem so good. I want the eyes of my heart to be opened to you so you can reveal your eternal love to me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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