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God Restores Our Soul

Psalm 23:3, Matthew 11:29

He restores my soul

And you will find rest for your souls

RevRayRESTOne time I asked a group of people if any one present had life all figured out – and no one raised their hand.  I led a funeral where I confessed to not having full understanding and not having the answers to all of life’s questions (no one was surprised).  I shared with several families over the last month or so that life at times is difficult and hard.  I believe we all have rough and tough times in our lives.  We all need rest!  I know I do and I know of friends that need rest as well!

I like Psalm 23 – and how the Psalmist finds restoration for his soul in a relationship with God.  It is through our deepening relationship with Jesus – with God – that we can find rest.  Let’s read one of today’s passages in context.  Psalms 23:1-6 – 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  The Psalmist – David – knows that it is his shepherd that restores his soul!

Jesus wants to be there for us folks – as the psalmist said.  I mean it folks – Jesus really wants to be there for us to restore our souls – to give us peace.  Read the other verse for today in partial context.  Matthew 11:28-30 – 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take 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.”

Jesus wants to give us rest – wants to restore our souls – wants to lift our burdens and help carry our load.  That is such good news to me every day – because life can be hard!  If your life has been hard and you need your soul restored – it won’t happen through our own efforts or anything the world can do for us.  Our soul can be restored only through our relationship with Jesus!  Don’t fool yourself my friends.  Give your heart and soul to Jesus and you will receive peace – even during troubled times.  I am telling you what I have experienced – but not because I have experienced it but because the Word of God tells us!  God will restore our souls if we will let Him!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

April 30, 2013 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor | , , , , , , , , , ,

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