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Come to me…I will give you rest

A lot of people don’t like change. Me, I LOVE it! I love creating order amongst chaos and perform better under pressure.

However, there are a lot of people that hate it and often refuse to change either themselves or their circumstances. They would prefer to stay in the same hurting problematic relationship or situation because of fear of change. Their hurt and fear become their anchor.

What is it about change that the average person doesn’t like? Is it the unknown, the uncertainty?  Some people procrastinate because deep down, they are scared to take the plunge, even if it would lead to a better life. Whether a relationship starts or ends, you’re moving, you’ve got a new job, were retrenched or you’ve lost someone you love, change—whether it’s good or bad—causes stress.

As Christians, we are in a spiritual battle of some sort daily. You never know exactly what you’re going to get, which often frightens us. We all have stress, but how do you deal with it?

Rest is important in your spiritual walk with the Lord, and many Christians today don’t appreciate the value of rest or keeping the Sabbath day holy. God gave us the day to rest and to spend it with family and loved ones. Rest allows our mind, body, and soul to renew and to focus on what is right.

However, if you still battle to face change or handle your stress, scripture is filled with God’s promises to provide rest when we seek Him. God is an endless source of peace and strength and He created us to need Him! Take for example the following verse:

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 

29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

If the Creator of heaven and earth invites us to rest in Him, why are we hesitant? Is it because our faith is not strong enough? Is it because we don’t trust God? Words come easy, but when it comes to action, can we trust God 100%? We will run to our friends, pastors, go on FB to share, but will we go into our inner room and talk to God about it? Why is it that we will lie awake at night worrying about our future, about the state of our country and so forth, but not talk to the One that can fix everything?

I know that if we have a relationship with Him, we will say to ourselves: “I don’t understand the road I am walking on now, but just to know that He is with me, is enough. I will trust that everything will work out to what He has planned for me.”

For us to be able to do that, we need to change. We need to start trusting God with everything; we need to change to be obedient to His voice. We need to change not to want to be in charge of everything.   Change and peace go hand in hand, and if you let go and let God, don’t pick up the parcels of worry and stress along the way!

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