Come to Him…

22 04 2010

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” –Matthew 11:28

“Many people today are stressed out beyond anything a human being was ever meant to endure. Every person is very different, uniquely created by G-d’s design. What is complicated for one may be simple for another. Don’t compare yourself with other people. But when faced with a problem or difficult circumstance you must ask yourself, ‘what would Jesus have me to in this situation? How would He handle it?’

Jesus was not stressed out or burned out. He was not controlled by circumstances or the demands of other people. In John 14:6, Jesus said, ‘I am the Way.’ His way is the right way—the way that will lead you into righteousness, peace, and joy. Jesus prayed that His enjoyment would fill your soul, and it will when you learn to take His approach to life and its many different challenges.”

-Joyce Meyer, “Ending Your Day Right”

It can be so hard to live in this world and not stress out. We are so busy. We are so performance minded and defined by what we do. Whether you are graduating college, looking for a job, or wherever else you might be—that pressure to fulfill societal expectation will be following you. I must admit that I’ve struggled with my own concept of adulthood and success and not feeling like I measure up to even my own standards. Christ is the only one that I know that truly does accept us and love us based upon who He is and who we are and not based on what we can do. He sees you and wants to walk with you at all times—when you feel successful and peaceful and when you feel foolish and dreamless. Keep walking with Him. He’s in all our details and His dreams for us are beyond comprehension.

Getting excited about what’s to come,

Mere





Sanctuary

15 05 2009

Isaiah 30:15 – “For the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said: ‘You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence.”

Psalms 91:1-2 – “The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, ‘My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”

In those brief moments of rest from the hectic thing that we call our lives where do we seek sanctuary? Seeking sanctuary is the idea of trying to find a place of safety amidst a dark and dangerous world. The medieval concept of sanctuary, where the Church was a place that you could seek refuge from your enemies, actually comes from the Mosaic law of the Old Testament. The people of Israel were to appoint cities where those who had unintentionally killed another person could be safe from the vengeance of the deceased person’s family and friends. If they were found outside this city before the presiding high priest died, they were not guaranteed safety from the revenge of the deceased person’s family or friends. This is, however, only in the case of unintentional killings. Murderers were put to death.

You can imagine the relief that a person would feel upon reaching one of these cities of refuge and knowing that they could at last rest without worrying about being killed. In much the same way God is our refuge from the worries and struggles of this life. He is our rock and our fortress.

The Words of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ – Matthew 11:28-30 – “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The question then, is this, “Where do you seek sanctuary?” So often when we are struggling we try to persevere by keeping busy, spending quality time with friends, reading a good book, playing sports, or in general just doing something that will take our minds off of our pain, but that is not what we are meant to do! We do not need to ignore our struggles. We need to overcome them by laying them at the foot of the cross; we need to seek sanctuary in Christ.

Then, and only then, will we truly understand that joy and peace are not to be found in our own wholeness, but rather in our brokenness before God, from whom, through whom, and to whom are all things, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

-Sean