I’ll admit I have been under a lot of stress lately. I know I’m not alone. We may not be feeling the same kind of stress but it still takes its toll on us. We have faced an incredible storm season this year in the mid-west and it’s just beginning. You might be having career or financial struggles like me. My wife has learned to stretch a penny until it screams. The news from the doctor might not be what you were hoping for. A pastor friend of mine recently suggested that I might be experiencing “the favor of God“. If this were a Facebook post or a text I would have inserted my “lol” in there.
Over the last several years though the church has been maturing in that it recognizes the problems we face as part of life and not just as the judgement of God. Although it is common for people to mess their lives up and have to live through the consequences that result from their mistakes, it is much more common that Christians face trouble because of “the favor of God”. There are countless stories in the bible that support this. I just want to focus on one.
Peter was about to be executed and he was sleeping. He is either crazy or full of faith. We are not talking traffic violations here. There are no appeals to the will of Herod. Herod has a taste for Christian blood. and Peter is his next victim. Although an angel comes to his rescue that’s not the point of this story. The point is that Peter was sleeping. Peter has learned to trust in God no matter the circumstance. Most of our struggles don’t compare with what Peter faced that night. If he found rest, so can we.
I’m not saying that rest will come easy. I’m saying that rest is available to us. At times we need a supernatural rest that only comes through faith. Faith in accepting God’s will even when it may require our very life.
I pray that Christ grant you that supernatural rest. I pray He rescue you like He did Peter. Finally I pray that you experience the peace in Christ that we read about in Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.