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REST FOR THE TROUBLED SOUL

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“He only is my rock and my salvation: He is my defence; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before Him: God is a refuge for us” PSALM 62:6-8

“Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations” PSALM 90:1

 

Where can a man go to find rest for his soul? Once a friend told me something that almost tore me to pieces. You know those moments when people are in great pain and suffering so much that you wish you could do something but find yourself powerless to help? I heard this person say, ” if I had wings like a bird, then will I fly to a peaceful place to find rest”. She wish she could fly to a place where there was no more pain. In situations like that, seeing people suffer that much, you become speechless. It reminds me of what the bible saith about Job’s three friends who came to comfort him in his ordeal. Scripture says they wept when they saw him, and for seven days and nights, sat down with him on the ground saying not a word to him, because his grief was very great (JOB 1:13). What words can you say in these moments to such people who are brutally afflicted? No amount of words will be sufficient to ease their pain. It just just like the Prophet Jeremiah said of Rachel weeping for her children, “In Ramah was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not” MATTHEW 2:18. Your situation may not be like the above mentioned but I think you have your own problems in various ways or forms that make you restless. Sometimes you wish there was somebody out there who could understand and feel your situation. You wish sometimes there was a place where you could go to find rest for your soul. Jesus said, come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest (MATTHEW 11:28)

Whenever we learn to see God as our refuge, we find rest for our souls. If we learn to trust in Him and pour our hearts before Him rather than carrying the load ourselves we enter into His rest. There is no man on earth who can be touched with the feeling of your infirmities like He does. Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares, says His Word (1 PETER 5:7). Most of the times the anxieties and the instabilities we find in our souls are as the result of us carrying the burden by ourselves. Sometimes we even go to the extent of worrying over things we have no power to change. Someone said, if you trust you don’t worry, if you worry you don’t trust. If you find God as your refuge and your fortress, if you acknowledge Him as a very present help in times of need, you cannot be moved. Though the earth be removed and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea, your soul will still find rest. You will not be shaken because God is in the midst of you. To find rest for your soul one has to make God his dwelling place. He is a strong fortress to all who take refuge in Him, “Because thou hast made The LORD, which is my refuge, even The Most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling” PSALM 91:9-10

The beast of the field finds rest in Him, so why can’t you? “As a beast goeth down into the valley, The Spirit of The LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name” ISAIAH 63:14. He hears the young ravens when they cry so why not you? Even the sparrow and the swallow have found a resting place, a place to lay their young so why won’t you? He said be still and know that I am God (PSALM 46:10). To be still is to find rest in days of adversity. You are still and can’t be moved because you trust in His refuge. Wishing you have wings to fly to a resting place, why not at His altars? In the time of trouble He shall hide you in His pavilion, in the secret place of His tabernacle shall He hide you (PSALM 27:5). The Great Comforter will comfort you when man is lost for words. He is a refuge to all who put their trust in Him. Try Him and your life will never be the same again. In The Name that is above all names, Jesus Christ, Son of The Living God. Amen and Amen!

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