Tuesday, October 3, 2017
"Come to me, all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
This setting is one that we would see in an older home, and if you go to Shelter Island, you will find homes from the 1920's that are like new, but with their original elegance. It is quiet, and still when I have visited, which fits the time frame of the homes. There are modern homes as well, but where our friends live the homes are mostly pre-world war two era.
The stillness is unbelievable to me because of the amount of houses in the community! I don't live on a busy street, but I see cars and people go by. No one seems to be in these neighborhoods, even on beautiful summer days. Are they out on boats, or shopping in Greenport? The waterway is almost empty too, so that is out. Maybe I have a hard time with stillness? Do you find it hard to relax and let everything go on without you? The people in Jesus' day did. He said this to the local people that he could see and touch, but it was meant for us too. The Holy Spirit has a way of making ancient words in the Bible seem as if they were newly spoken.
We see in Isaiah these words, "Ho! Everyone who is thirsts, Come to the waters; Come buy and eat." Isaiah 55:1 As Isaiah is speaking he isn't talking about himself, he is sharing what is on God's heart. Again, God is telling us to come, and as Isaiah explains that no money is needed, "Let your soul delight in abundance;--- Hear and your soul shall live." God is admonishing the people to rest, and take in what I am saying to you, your whole being will thrive!
If we look at Genesis, we see that God rested on the seventh day, but we don't seem to think that rest applies to us? How can we go on and on when God himself give us the perfect example of rest right in the front of the book? Prosperity as the Bible interprets it means that our soul, body and spirit are rested and filled. Can you take a few moments today to call upon the Lord, and allow Him to fill you with His peace and rest? He is singing a love song to you, can you respond to him today? I know I will and I believe you will too.