Conception of rest

“My own peace I give to you” (John 14:27, Weymouth).

Two painters each painted a picture to illustrate his conception of rest. The first chose for his scene a still, lone lake among the far-off mountains.

The second threw on his canvas a thundering waterfall, with a fragile birch tree bending over the foam; and at the fork of the branch, almost wet with the cataract’s spray, sat a robin on its nest.

The first was only stagnation; the last was rest.

Christ’s life outwardly was one of the most troubled lives that ever lived: tempest and tumult, tumult and tempest, the waves breaking over it all the time until the worn body was laid in the grave. But the inner life was a sea of glass. The great calm was always there.

At any moment you might have gone to Him and found rest. And even when the human bloodhounds were dogging Him in the streets of Jerusalem, He turned to His disciples and offered them, as a last legacy, “My peace.”

Rest is not a hallowed feeling that comes over us in church; it is the repose of a heart set deep in God. — Drummond

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The Holy Spirit helps us

We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. – Romans 8:26

In our weaknesses. There are three things to note here.

  1. I must know what my weaknesses are. Unfortunately, that is the toughest part in assessing one’s own self. How many times have I considered something to be my strong forte, only to realize that it was my Achilles’ heel all along. And those things that I considered as my weaknesses have made me endearing to others. So, I have a trouble even with the starting point. But the Spirit of God knows my weaknesses – after all, the Manufacturer will know the defects better.
  2. Second thing is, even if I know my weaknesses, I do not know what to pray for. For me, a weakness is something to get rid of; something that makes me inherently weak. But I never stop to consider that the Creator left that weakness for a purpose, for teaching me something, to make sure that pride does not take over, or for His greater glory… I have no idea. But the Spirit of the LORD knows why the defect, why that weakness was placed in the first place to begin with. Since He knows the will of God, He prays accordingly.
  3. Finally, in the moment of weaknesses, especially when we are hit from a direction we were not expecting, we lose heart. We may be able to sigh, but we won’t be praying. How many times when I had realized my weaknesses, I had given up and curled up in fetal position. The last thing I wanted to do at those times was to go to the Lord Who strengthens me… but the Spirit of the Lord prays for me, with sighs that cannot be expressed.

In this day of the Lord, let us be filled with the Spirit of the Lord Who helps us in our weaknesses. Amen.

Romans 8_26

நவம்பர் 03 2016

உன் சுயபுத்தியின்மேல் சாயாமல், உன் முழு இருதயத்தோடும் கர்த்தரில் நம்பிக்கையாயிருந்து, உன் வழிகளிலெல்லாம் அவரை நினைத்துக்கொள்; அப்பொழுது அவர் உன் பாதைகளைச் செவ்வைப்படுத்துவார். – நீதிமொழிகள் 3:5-6

வாழ்க்கையின் ஆரம்பங்களிலோ, நம்மால் இனி எதுவுமே செய்ய முடியாது என்ற நிலைமையிலோ, முழு இருதயத்தோடும் கர்த்தரில் நம்பிக்கையாயிருப்பது கஷ்டம் அல்ல; வேறு வழியும் கிடையாது. ஆனால் வாழ்க்கையில் வசந்த காலங்கள் வரும்போது, வாழ்க்கை துளிர்விட ஆரம்பிக்கும்போது, உன் வழிகளெல்லாம் அவரை நினைத்துக்கொள்கிறாயா? இல்லை, உன் சுயபுத்தியின்மேல் சாய்ந்துக் கொள்கின்றாயா?

ஒன்றுமே இல்லாத இடத்தில் உலர்ந்துபோன ஆரோனின் கோலை துளிர்க்கச்செய்ததுபோல, உன் வாழ்க்கையைத் துளிர்க்கச் செய்த கர்த்தர், இனியும் உன் வாழ்க்கையைச் செழிக்க வைப்பார். நம்பிக்கையற்ற நிலைமையில், உன் நம்பிக்கையாயிருந்து, உன் பாதைகளைச் செம்மைப்படுத்தினவர் இனியும் செம்மைப்படுத்துவார். அவரையே நினைத்துக்கொள். இயேசு உன்னை நடத்துவார். ஆமென்.

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Philippians 1:29

For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.

Granted – the word used here denotes something given as a gift, given as a favor. So, we have two-fold gift from God. One is to believe in Jesus Christ, His Son. And the other is, to suffer for His sake.

Suffering for the sake of Jesus Christ is not a burden that the Lord has imposed upon us; it is not something that we need to clench our teeth in pain and have to suffer through. It is a gift given to us. It is a favor that God is doing to us. For those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their God and Savior, let us not stop there; let us also accept, with joy, that we are counted worthy to suffer for His sake. For those who have not made up your mind, trust in Jesus Christ. For His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

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