Saturday, September 10, 2016

Rest & Be Thankful

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
O hide not thou thy glorious face
in times of deep distress;
incline thine ear, and, when I call,
my sorrows soon redress.
 —Psalm 102:2
Suggested tune: Manoah (CM)

Thus says the Lord: Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.
—Jeremiah 6:16a
There is a pass in Scotland called Glencroe, which supplies a beautiful illustration of what heaven will be to those who come to Christ. The road through Gleneroe carries the traveller up a long and steep ascent, with many a little winding and many a little turn in its course. But when the top of the pass is reached, a stone is seen by the wayside, with these simple words engraven on it, Rest, and be thankful. Those words describe the feelings with which every one who comes to Christ will at length enter heaven. The summit of the narrow way will be won: we shall cease from our weary journeying, and sit down in the kingdom of God. We shall look back over all the way of life with thankfulness, and see the perfect wisdom of every little winding and turn in the steep ascent by which we were led. We shall forget the toils of the upward journey in the glorious rest. Here in this world our sense of rest in Christ at best is feeble and partial; but 'when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.' Thanks be unto God, a day is coming when the end of the 'old path' will be reached, and believers shall rest perfectly, and be thankful!
—J.C. Ryle
Help me to understand and accept the challenges of your word, Lord. And having undertaken its commands, may I also find rest for my soul in its promises...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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