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Go-go-go. That’s probably the mode our souls and bodies have been in since Thanksgiving. People to see, events to attend, food to make, and presents to buy. Now that Christmas is over, a new year is about to begin. I am looking forward to settling back into a routine, but also I am dreading a little the pressure of deadlines and the not-so-good surprises that the new year may bring.
How can we find rest for our souls—rest from the busy-ness of life and rest from life’s anxieties and pressures? By remembering Who takes care of us and spending time with Him.
“Return to your rest, O my soul,
for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you.”
Psalm 116:7, NKJV
Remembering how God has taken care of us in the past helps us to trust Him for the future. How has God taken care of you in 2015? Just as David knew to trust God to defeat Goliath because of past victories God had given him (1 Samuel 17:37), we can trust God to fight for us and help us when we face new challenges and obstacles. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). His power, love, and wisdom are always present with us, and He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb 13:5). We can count on Him to help us.
Life should never get too busy that we don’t spend time with God. Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with God sustain our souls through the busy routines and pressures of life. We need that time with Him, and He delights in having that time with us. Even when we have a day to ourselves, one of the most refreshing things we can do is to spend some time with our heavenly Father and Best Friend. He refreshes us, delights our hearts, gives us direction, and strengthens us for the day’s adventures.
So in this new year, if you set any goals or make any resolutions, let rest be toward the top of the list. Our bodies need it, and our souls need it. Find rest for your soul by spending time with God daily and by trusting Him for what’s ahead. That fellowship and faith will sustain you through the new year, and make 2016 one of the best years yet! The closer we grow to God, the more we know the One who satisfies our souls and fills our hungry souls with goodness (Psalm 107:9).
Happy New Year!
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