Don’t Worry,…Rest in Him!
by Impact Church
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
It’s official,… More Americans are taking prescription drugs than ever before. Among the most-prescribed and best-selling Rx are piles of pills aimed at anxiety, depression and a range of emotional and psychotic disorders. While we in a fallen world acknowledge the existence of physiological imbalances that may require medical attention, it is readily apparent that people today are anxious,…worried,…fearful.
Do you sense it?
Maybe there is good reason for the culture to experience a collective state of gloom and despair. A teetering economy standing on the edge of financial collapse. Recent racial unrest in Ferguson, MO and other places. A spiraling national debt that continues to collect speed like a runaway train. Violence at home and abroad. Make no mistake,…the world can be a seemingly hopeless place right now.
For the Body of Christ, however, these are exciting days! Impact Church and all true believers should lift up our heads, for our redemption surely draws nigh! (Luke 21:28) And we have more opportunity than ever before to be the light in a dark culture.
Long before Pastor Jason started the current “One Essential Thing” series and as the final pages of 2014 was slipping through our fingers, our spirit was drawn to the idea of rest. No anxiety, no worry, no fear entering 2015,…just rest and assurance in our great God.
It’s so easy to become a Martha in church work, isn’t it? We can become so stressed about doing this and going there and giving this and making that – it can become like the circus performer spinning several plates on different poles. The problem with that is eventually the plates will come crashing down,…and the performer will often crash as well. Exhaustion, frustration, disillusionment will set in. And somebody will be blamed.
The spiritually mature will prefer to be identified with Mary, the sister who had learned – probably after getting burned out with distractions in her earlier walk with the Lord – to savor the presence of Jesus and simply sit quietly at the Savior’s feet. Maybe she had heard the Master’s comforting call one day as He was preaching: “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Ahhh, rest. There’s something we can use more of, right?
Only after sensing that need to rest in God and His promises to us, we have learned in recent days that the Jewish calendar observes that we are in a “Shemittah,” or The Sabbatical Year. The Hebrew year 5775 (which began Sept. 25, 2014 and runs through Sept. 13, 2015) is one of those years in the repeating seven-year cycle since the Israelites entered the Promised Land where debts are released and the land is allowed to rest (Deuteronomy 15, Leviticus 25).
It’s time for God’s people to “take a breather” and trust in the Creator more than ever before! Father God, help us to focus less on material pursuits and more on simply knowing You in 2015!
Won’t you join us this year as we remember our faithful Lord’s promises and His provisions? Let’s be less concerned with “doing church” and more concerned with being the Church,… less about selfish posturing and more about selfless service,… less worrying and more resting,… less Martha and more Mary!