Pastor Paul Rieger
Taking a Breath – Finding Rest in God
Taking a Breath!
I feel like I can finally take a breath! April was such a busy month. The amount of writing I had to do was just unreal. I felt like I was back in school writing term papers. But it was all for a good reason.
We joined together in April to celebrate our victory over sin and death found in the death and resurrection of our God. I am glad to be busy with things like that, but in busyness it is easy to lose sight of the important things. The busyness of Lent and Easter distracts me from worshiping as I should. And for you it’s probably other things. You might be so busy with work that you miss opportunities to spend time with your family. Maybe you are so busy with making sure your kids are involved in various activities that you forget how to just spend time as a family. You might be so busy in retirement with all the things you never had time to do that you miss out on the new things God is giving you.
Peace and Rest
So this May I want us all to focus on finding times of peace and rest. Two verses to contemplate are Proverbs 19:23, “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.” and 1 Timothy 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” In these two verses, we read that our life in God leads to a new life of peace and contentment. It is through peace and contentment that we find great rest.
And to get to that point of peace and contentment, we need to do a few things. Firstly we must go to God in prayer, because Peter tells us that, “casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” It is in the release of anxiety that we find peace. And then it is in the acknowledgment of all that God has given and continues to give that we find contentment. We must work diligently to avoid the temptation of coveting which leads us to find no contentment.
Taking Another Breath
So dear friends, with that peace of Easter, search for peace, contentment, and rest in life. Going to God in prayer to lead you to an anxiety-free life and thanking God for all of His blessings to lead you to a contented life. And from there, we will find great peace and rest.