Scriptural Readings: Ecclesiastes 3:7, Psalm 37:7, Job 6:24, Ephesians 2:6-7
For so many obvious reasons a lot of us are currently living the most trying times in our lives. We continue to see and experience restlessness. From small scale to medium-scale and the most obvious larger scale. Our problems are compounded every day and it seems that these things will never come to an end. Is there a possibility that these things will one day be over? How long can we endure these things confronting us? Can we be able to reach the rest we want in this never and changing to the worst world we live in? The longer that it takes us to deal with it the shorter we are being pushed to the edge as if our entire being is a ticking time bomb.
King James bible
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred.
Of the many things that we surely and miss in our lives at this point is just to sit, rest, and listen to the holy things God is telling, teaching, and instructing us. Let God speak and we should sit patiently and remain in silence. It is about time that we should stop giving and executing humanly options in the first place(most of the time failing) but listen carefully to the divine instructions first and foremost. It is impossible to receive God’s instructions if we are filled up with our reasoning following our way of thinking and collaborating with our stubborn attitude of dealing with these things through our actions. These are the things that make us weak. This is the clearest error in our lives that is continually done in a daily manner. Sitting and resting on God through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is the only thing that can assure us from all these things that are making our lives miserable lifted from us.
v.6 And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:
God made us sit with Jesus our Lord and Savior in heavenly places. Once we Christians are seated with Him it means that we have to rest with Him. The idea of sitting and seated with Him means He will do all the things needed by us firstly. When we are sitting down or lying down the pressure is not within us. It is transferred on the chair or bed where we are sitting or lying down. When we are tired we need to rest our physical body including our mental health. We should be having a time of rest. In a lying or sitting position, our whole being does not have to put any strain or force itself to rest. All the things that make it difficult for us are now transferred to the bed or the chair we are resting on. In the same way, it goes with our spiritual lives. We must rest and sit with our Lord Jesus Christ. Resting and sitting with Him means He has taken the burden from us and we are free and should be patiently waiting for His instructions and most especially His blessing for us. This is the divine rest that most of us are looking for and probably missing.
And I will give you rest
If we stand on our ground, trusting in our own beliefs, bearing anxiety, depression, and things that we carry on our shoulders as we face every day, sooner or later we are going to give up. Our man-made faith in believing that we can stand on our human ground is strong and will sooner or later crumble like cookies when uncertainties and problems pile up. We are going to admit that we cannot stand anymore. Do not hold back. We should not keep anything from Him. There should not be anything left inside from holding us back from Him. Jesus promised us rest. Stand on this promise. This is the ground we should be standing on. All these things that we keep holding on to, things that made it difficult to live one more day should be given to Him in exchange for our rest. He said He will give us the rest we needed. If we ask for it, He will give it.
v.7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
New Living Translation
v.7 So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Jesus Christ.
When we became Christians, accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour we were made to sit with Him in the heavenly places and this resulted in one of the many things that God promised us. God promised that He will show or point to us the incredible richness of His grace and kindness that in the future generations might see it as well. We are given this promise, yes, right at this very moment and no doubt about it. His grace and kindness in abundance were given to us today that can displace any anxiety, depression, and all those miseries that imprisoned us for a long time. We continually walk in our Christian lives bearing all these things that burden us. We need to sit and rest. God made us sit with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to show that through grace and kindness we are free from the bondage of oppression from anxiety, depression, and all the things that slave us and above all assurance of eternal peace.