Are You Busy Enough?

How is your Fall schedule going?  Do you have enough Fall sports to be involved in?  If you aren’t involved in many, do you have enough sports to watch?  Have you run out of Fall chores to do around the house?  The garden?  The yard? The cabin?  If you have finished all your Fall chores, have you finished all the “prepare-for-the-first-snow-of-winter-and-cold-weather” chores?  Also, we are preparing for the Fall festivals – Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Do you have “breathing space” on those?  Have you made your Christmas shopping list?  Are you preparing to host a Thanksgiving or Christmas party or family get-together?

If your answer for the above questions is, “I’m on top of all those things and my schedule is under control,” I am jealous.

I do not want to add to your hectic schedule, but I do want to encourage peace of heart while you have a hectic schedule.

One of the great blessings of Jesus is peace of heart.

Sadly, as much fun as the Fall is, all the events add pressure to our lives.  Too much pressure makes us feel as if we are going to “blow up” or pop.  Too much pressure and we can leak away the joy in our lives.  Too much pressure and we might “blow up” at our family, the kids, or the spouse.  Too much pressure and we might simmer in our frustration and anger and transform what should be joyful events in the Fall into times we just want to get over and past.

The truths which make up the Christian faith are not more pressure for the season,

but are release valves for the pressure.

The peace of forgiveness in Christ Jesus reminds us who we really are before the LORD.  Having a conscience that is clean of sin and fear releases a lot of pressure.  The grace of the LORD reminds us what we receive each day.  The love of the LORD settles our hearts in love.  The redemption and resurrection fill our hearts with the joy that is the foundation of the joys which we have with all the festivities.  Prayer is not another task to be done and get through.  Prayer is a moment of quiet and peace, a pressure release.  Church is not a further infringement on our time, it is a huge release valve for there we have our strength of faith increased.

Matthew 11:28-30  28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Here is how this rest with the LORD works as we face hectic times in life.

1)  Always keep in mind that we are redeemed children of the LORD (1 John 3:1).  His love is with us.  It is hard to feel that the world is overwhelming us and sucking all the joy out of our lives when we are remembering that Jesus is our Savior.

2)  One of the blessings of being a child of God is that our conscience has been cleaned and refreshed (Hebrews 10:22).  Satan has a lot less to work on when we know that our conscience is clear.

3)   Because of the LORD’s great love for us we know that he will always (and always10) be with us (Romans 8:31-32).  With the LORD’ presence no hectic schedule can overcome us or our Christian spirit?

4)   The LORD has promised that all his people can trust him (John 14:1).  WE can trust the LORD as we face hectic.

5)  Along with trust flows joy and peace (Romans 15:13).  With trust also comes joy and peace, so no hectic schedule will overwhelm us.

6)   Even during hectic times and troubled times, we can have peace with the LORD (Isaiah 26:3).

7)  With the LORD as our help, the Holy Spirit helps us (Romans 8:26).

8)  With the LORD as our Shepherd, even if we are “walking through the valley of the shadow of frustration,” (Psalm 23 paraphrase), we will fear no evil.

9)   Always  keep in mind that with “the LORD” as “my helper’ I will not be afraid” (Hebrews 13:6).   Life may become hectic or frustrating but with the LORD as my helper, I need not be afraid or crushed or frustrated.

All of the preceding nine points present to us spirit truths about the LORD which definitely give us rest and peace during times of “hecticness,” for they are focused on the Gospel forgiveness of Christ.

Cling to and believe those promises of the LORD.

Do not allow temptation to push the Gospel away.  There is rest and strength in the Gospel.

Remember God’s grace through Christ and forgiveness.  Remember the Gospel and your relationship with the LORD.  Remember that our hope and trust are rightly placed upon the LORD.  Remember your faith in the true LORD.  Trust Him.   Act in trust and live!

Do not be tempted to think that we can drop our Christian faith, our church, our prayer, and our Bible focus and thus save some time and decrease the stress during this Fall season.  To cast aside what the LORD has given is to cast aside the rest and peace that he wants us to have.

Stay with the LORD and have a stronger rest for the season.

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