I’m all for productivity and discipline. I like the idea of driven. I want to go forward on mission. Still, I can’t help but be a bit overwhelmed here at the beginning of a new year with all the emails, posts and invitations to do more and be more.
I want to be a good steward of all God has blessed me with. I will still work hard. However, I want to make sure the foundation is clearly set. I’m thankful to have run across this verse in scripture:
My soul finds rest in God alone
My salvation comes from him
He alone is my rock and my salvation
He is my fortress and I will never be shaken.
SOUL FINDS REST
Our soul only finds rest as we meet God and as God becomes our companion.
IN GOD ALONE
Rest will ultimately come when we are totally free to trust God with our lives, our needs, our requests. We lay them at his feet and then we must trust.
MY SALVATION COMES FROM HIM
This is a truth that is being tested by culture. Most people don’t really care but when we as Christians allow this line to really sink in, it begins to change us. It’s not what we do, it’s Who we know. It’s not how we live, but how He loves. It’s not our strength but God’s. Salvation is a gift given freely, through grace, to those who accept it.
HE ALONE IS MY ROCK
Who do you know as a rock? We don’t want to be paranoid, but every human relationship is fragile, every one fails at some point. We are but a breath. We still love our family and friends, but God alone is the rock we can count on in everything. Ironically, as God alone becomes our rock, we are more able to be there for family and friends.
AND MY SALVATION
When Moses led God’s people, they were immediately confronted by the red sea, which miraculously parted for them to escape from the Egyptians. The song they sang to celebrate the victory was, “I will sing unto the Lord for he has triumphed over me, the horse and rider thrown into the sea.” They were giving God praise. They were truly saved – in an amazing way. That’s salvation to it’s fullest extent – the enemy has gotten to you, there is no way out, but in the Lord’s strength, we are saved from death.
HE IS MY FORTRESS
An interesting image.The fortress isn’t so much against battling the enemy, though there is that imagery there. But it’s a place we can find rest and be assured of safety. We are surrounded, strengthened and nurtured.
I WILL NEVER BE SHAKEN
Job said, even after all he went through, I will still be faithful to God. I will not be shaken. One of my favorite verses is found in Habakkuk 3:17-19
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