Grace Community Lutheran Church in Rimrock has Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.
Sometimes as I write this I don’t have a lot of thoughts. Today I have several things I am thinking about and at first is would appear that they don’t mix very well. I know a number of people who have friends or loved ones who don’t believe in God, particularly the Christian understanding of God. This is something that is distressing to them.
Our Gospel lesson this week (Matthew 11:25-30) is Jesus telling us that all who are weary and heavy laden should come to Him for rest. These are two thoughts that at first seem contrary. In our concerns about those we care about whether it is a concern about their faith or some other area of their life, can we experience rest in Jesus that will counter those worries that we have for our loved ones?
A promise of God, rest for our weary lives ,versus the actual reality of our lives is a real test for our faith. God certainly does not give us everything we desire in our life. We continue to have our worries and problems, but He does say come to Him for rest. This is where our faith meets reality, a tire meets the road situation.
Do we have a religious faith that has as it’s only or main purpose to serve as insurance to get to an after life? Do we belong to our church for the social relationships? Or is our God a reality in our life every day? When Jesus says come to me and I will give you rest, rest for your souls, this is something that absolutely should be a real thing in our lives. It does require faith in God’s Word to experience this. It helps tremendously to have an everyday relationship with Jesus.
It is easier to trust someone you spend time with every day. If God is a distant unknown figure to you it will be difficult to experience His spiritual blessings. I hope and pray every one of you has a growing relationship with Christ where you can turn to Him when weary or troubled and find the peace that only God can give.