The Bible speaks of rest for our weary souls. It let’s us know that God will provide us with peace that surpasses all understanding if we keep our heart and minds on Him. However, it is hard to really tap into those precious moments of unspeakable peace when we are knee deep in angst and stress and don’t know how we will get out of the situations life puts us in. It just doesn’t feel right to be going through so much pain and heartache and yet be completely surrounded by peace. It feels contradictory. I know I am guilty of resting in my worry so that God will be convinced of the severity of my cry and He will come to my rescue.
However, my plan is flawed because resting in the peace of God assures Him that I trust Him and I have ultimate faith in His will. As we all know, without faith it is impossible to please God. My favorite lyrics are to the song “What A friend we have in Jesus.” They say, “Oh, what peace we often forfeit. Oh, what needless pains we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”
Bishop Blake reminds us in the sermon, “Rest,” that God’s peace is open to everyone that seeks refuge from his or her storm. His peace will provide an umbrella in a rainstorm. His joy will provide steady ground in an earthquake. His love will hold you in His hand, while the storms rage. Focus on the scripture, “Be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:6-7