Has it seemed lately that there is just a whole lot of trouble in the world?
In the midst of political unrest, governmental shutdowns, and the stress of life, isn’t it encouraging to know that there is place of rest, where we can unload the burdens of the world and just be at peace?
In the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 11 in verses 28-30, Jesus says these words, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
There is such comfort in those words. Just to know that Jesus cares that much about me, and is willing to give me rest in the midst of hard times is refreshing.
What better place to find that rest than in His house, with His family, rejoicing and worshipping together.
I read Psalm 84 the other day, and was reminded on several advantages of being involved in a local church family. Why not open your Bible and read it so that we will ‘be on the same page’?
First, we have the opportunity to worship together. Also, we draw strength from the name of the Lord, and that strength prepares us for the journey ahead.
In the midst of this Psalm, the writers mention the Valley of Weeping, but also say that the one whose heart is set on God will be able to find good even there. They travel from strength to strength, because the Lord is their shield and protector. The psalmist then points out that one day in the presence of the Lord is better than one thousand elsewhere.
Psalm 84 closes with this statement, ‘Happy is the person who trusts in You, LORD of Hosts!’ So, as this comes to a close, I have a couple of questions for you.
First, who do you trust in, the LORD of Hosts, or someone else?
And second, how excited are you about your church family? Do you long to be there like the Psalmist did; do you draw strength from being in church to help you through the hard times?
I pray that your answer to these questions mimic those sentiments found in Psalm 84.
There are a lot of churches in our area, surely there is one right for you. If you are looking for a church home, we would love to have you join us one Sunday morning as we worship together and draw strength to face the tough times in the world all around us.