I hear Jesus calling me to rest in Him, yet it is so hard to break away from the old patterns and bad habits of boundary-less living. Over-committing to activities, putting my hope and trust in man(kind), not saying NO enough...all the things that take me away from His rest. In John 4:13-14 Jesus tells the Samaritan woman, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life." While reading this I realized that by putting my trust in man I am expecting to be fulfilled, but my bucket keeps coming up empty. People don't keep their word, people can be unforgiving, and they love me conditionally. But as the memory verse of the week says, I will only be fulfilled through trusting and hoping in Christ.
The more I grow in my walk with Christ, the more lies are washed away and replaced with His truth. Because of Christ's #perfectlove for me, I don't have to be perfect. I only need to seek approval from Him. Looking to man for fulfillment will continually lead to disappointment. Those who hope in the Lord will not be disappointed. God has plans for me, a future and a hope. Jesus wants me to have abundant life! It is my prayer through this study that not only do I believe God for more, but that I can be confident in resting in Him, knowing that I am missing nothing by taking time to rest and restore. By setting boundaries and saying no, I will gain more of the abundant life that Christ has called me to. Are there any areas of your life where God is calling you to rest? Are there any areas where you need more boundaries to protect your rest time?
Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who hope in me will not be disappointed. - Isaiah 49:23b NIV
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. - John 10:10 KJV
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV