Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wednesday in the Word: Rest in the Lord, Part 2

Read Part 1 of this series here.

In the second part of this series on resting in the Lord, I want to encourage you to be confident and rest in the Lord's promises.

Resting Pigeon
Resting Pigeon by Glenn Euloth

In our study of Mary, every time we see her she ends up at the Lord's feet, hearing His Word. As a result, she had a collection of His promises, just as we do today in the Bible. In Luke 10:39, Mary is listening to Jesus speak His Word. In John 11: 23, 25, and 26, Jesus speaks His Word to Martha, who in turn runs back home to tell Mary that Jesus is there and is calling for her, perhaps to hear His promises too. She stands at her brother's grave and confidently waits to see Jesus' promise of resurrection fulfilled (while Martha protests that her brother would stink by now!) And in John 12:7, Jesus says that Mary had anointed His feet in preparation for His burial: she knew and believed His promise that He would die.

Because Mary was confident in Jesus' promises, she was free to pour out her heart to Him in her grief: "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." Even when we know God's promises, there are times when we just need to pour our hearts out to Him. And when Mary did that, Jesus didn't get angry with her or chastise her for her grief. He understood her grief and wept with her (John 11:35). What a thought, that Jesus would weep with us! We have further comfort that Jesus is not a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities (Hebrews 4:15-16) . . . He knows and He cares about what we go through!

Now for some practical applications.

1. We need to trust God's promises, because without faith it is impossible to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
2. In order to trust God's promises, we have to know them! (Romans 10:17)
3. We need to find a promise in God's Word for every situation of life, so that we can think on "these things." (Philippians 4:8)
4. We need to bring our thoughts into subjection to Christ, based upon His promises. (II Corinthians 10:3-5)

Are you going through something today that brings you to Jesus' feet? He knows, and He cares, and He doesn't get upset with you for your grief! Think on the promises of God and trust Him. Be confident, and rest in His promises!

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