Monday, September 8, 2008

Words of Encouragement

Have you ever watched a baby sleeping?  She doesn't worry about the things around her, she simply finds rest and comfort in the arms of her mother or father.  Oh the things we could learn from an infant.  What would happen if we simply found rest in the comfort of the arms of our Heavenly Father?  What if we did not worry about the things around us?

You have filled my heart with greater joy than when their grain and new wine abound. I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. - Psalm 4:7-8

Peace of God. I find rest. There are times when things seem to bother you and you find yourself restless.  You sometimes try to pray about it and release it, only to have it bothering you and keeping you from sleeping.

Yet, when you learn to trust in the Lord and call upon him for his peace, you can lie down and sleep because you know you are in the Lord's care and under his protection.

The psalmist makes a great declaration.  The psalmist writes that his heart is fuller than if there were bounty in the land. When you recognize that God is your help, you also realize that no matter what you face God is big enough to take care of it.  When you come to that understanding, you can find rest and peace.

Lord, today help us your people not to become weighted by our fears so that we lose out on your peace.  Help us today Lord to trust you and know that you promise us rest.