Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Advent 2015: The Arrival…
We all know the story of the angels and shepherds the night of Jesus’ birth. We also know the shepherds took the invitation given them by the angels to heart and went to Jesus. “When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” (Luke 2:15, ESV)
Today, this new December morning the invitation does not come from the angels but from Jesus himself. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28, ESV) And there is not one of us alive who does not need the rest Jesus offers us. Here is my “I need Jesus’ rest story”.
Over the past 2 years I have enjoyed a relatively trouble free heart but now my doctor has found another blockage in at least one of arteries that supply blood to my heart so in 3 days I will have a heart catheterization to determine what is troubling my heart. When I find myself short of breath with an accompanying occasional pain in my chest I see them as an invitation to seek out Jesus as did the shepherds long ago.
In response to the invitation I pray, “Whom have I in heaven but you, LORD? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but YOU ARE the strength of my heart and my portion forever… But for me it is good to be near YOU; I have made the YOU, LORD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” (Psalm 73:25, 26, 28, ESV, adapted) and I put my life in Jesus’ hands and heart.
I tell you my story with the hopes that it will inspire you to think of your own “I need Jesus’ rest story” and respond to his invitation to, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I can assure you, you will be blessed and perhaps the need will not go away but the rest Jesus gives you will support and strengthen you until whatever it is runs its course.
BE strong in the LORD!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
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