January 6, 2018

January 6, 2018: Wrestling to be still

Psalm 46:10 (HCSB)
10  “Stop your fighting—and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”

Sounds contradictory doesn’t it? Fighting to be still. This is a war for all of us.  We labor to enter the rest God has for us because we have an enemy that refuses to relent.  He is tireless in deceiving us with false gospels that say work and work and work.

Work is not the gospel, rest is the gospel. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28) Until you cease striving and learn you trust you will never experience the best God has for you. To him who works, it is counted as a payment or reward but to him who rests it is a gift that is unearned yet given freely.

Perhaps this is why so many cannot receive the gospel because they have spent their whole lives trying to earn their way.  Work hard for the grade and you excel, work overtime at work and you receive a monetary reward but the gospel is radically different than this.

We can only work in one way before God and that is to earn what we justly deserve judgment.  But the gift of God is offered freely without payment to all those who cannot work who cannot earn their way. “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”  (Isaiah 55:1) 

Listen carefully to the text this morning.  Stop your working to earn God’s affection, sit still and see that He is God and he will be exalted in your life.  View Him on the throne, even now, as you prepare for your day

Let us labor together to enter his rest today.

Pray for us as we are in the middle of our church leadership retreat today.

Rest now,

 

Pastor Phil

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