I will never leave you nor forsake you. – Joshua 1:5 (NIV)
Oh our loving Father in Heaven! You gave this promise to us, when we were young and naive. When we took baby steps in Your Son and our Lord Jesus Christ, You promised never to leave us nor to forsake us. Years have passed by and when we turn back and look, we are amazed to see how truthful You are to Your promise. There were times when we were not faithful to You, Lord, but You have been always faithful to Your promise. There were times when we even forgot You, but, in Your divine love, You never forgot us and You never forgot this promise that You gave us. Till this day, till this very moment, You have never left us nor forsaken us.
Dear heavenly Father, help us to realize more of Your love, more of Your faithfulness and the surety of promises through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Help us to be rest assured in this promise and keep singing Your praises all the time. In the precious Name of Jesus, we ask. Amen.
“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