In the midst of trouble, we can rely on Jesus for rest and refuge.
Verse: ISAIAH 26:2-4
Though Christmastime is a time of celebration, it can be filled with worry and busyness. Family trouble, loneliness, and financial struggle are some common sources of stress. Allowing ourselves to dwell on such things invites anxiety to overwhelm us.
The Lord has a better way. Jesus assured us that, though we would certainly face difficulties in life, we could rest in Him (John 16:33). But we can’t trust someone we don’t know. For this reason, we should first seek to find out who He is.
Truths from Scripture are a good place to start. Our God is Lord and Master. He is omnipresent, omniscient, faithful, and powerful. He loves unconditionally and offers forgiveness to all who trust His Son as Lord and Savior. He adopts believers as His own children and wants the very best for every Christian’s life—so much so that He chastises us when we disobey Him. And He desires that we love Him above everyone and everything.
Knowing these facts is only the beginning. As in any relationship, time together fosters closeness. We can read the Bible, pray, meditate on God’s Word, and listen quietly for His Spirit to speak to our hearts. What’s more, watching how God works in the lives of others helps us become better acquainted with His ways. Jesus is trustworthy, and He offers us rest in the midst of a troubled world. He wants us to lay our burdens upon Him and experience His peace.
Do you know this amazing God? Carve out time in your busy schedule to be in His presence every day so you can know Him better and better.