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Rest!

Posted by Jerry White on Oct 26, 2015

I  said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Tribulation in the world is guaranteed by the Lord, but peace, Christ’s own peace (John 14:27), is also promised. Testings, trials, disappointments, heartaches, griefs, pain, troubles, bewildering circumstances, enemies, sicknesses, devil’s attacks, and a host of other storms that come against us are common to living in this world. The Lord Jesus who overcame the world assures us that in Him peace is found. With the peace of Christ comes rest—even in the midst of this stormy, turbulent world. How can we find rest?
J. Gregory Mantle (1853-1925) helps us to understand the way.
“Rest! Thousands of hearts are longing for it! And it cannot be found, as some vainly dream, by flying away on the wings of a dove from their surroundings. Rest comes through a true confession and determined forsaking of sin, and through the cleansing of the nature from its stains, for sin in every form is dis-ease, the opposite of rest. Material things are in a state of rest while fulfilling the laws and purposes for which they exist. The least variation of adjustment results in disquietude instead of repose. So rest comes to man through an adjustment of his will to the will of God. ‘Take my yoke (i.e., My will) upon you…and ye shall find rest unto your souls.’ The Romans forced their enemies to put their neck under a yoke as a sign of defeat. Hence we get the word subjugate—sub, under; jugum, a yoke. Rest comes through the subjugation of the whole being to Jesus. The perfect emblem of rest is God, and in proportion as man has his center in God he becomes a partaker of His rest (Heb. 4:3).” (The Way of the Cross, 12)
When pressures and distresses come upon us, our self-life (flesh) wants to rise up to handle it. This only adds to the burden. The right response is one of faith (trust). Our place of repose is Christ Himself who alone can be our peace. The world, nor our flesh, nor anyone else, can give us peace in a dark storm, only Jesus. He promises,
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John14:27)
JRW

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