Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Rest in Him

"Thou hast made us for Thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in Thee." ~ Augustine, Confessions - Book I, Chapter I

This is one of my favorite lines by any author of all time. This is the beauty of redemption. God made us for Himself, we are for Him and His glory (Isaiah 43:7, 21; Isaiah 63:12; Colossians 1:16; Psalm 106:8; Ezekiel 36:22-23). What then can bring us greater peace than doing what we were created to do? How can our souls possibly be truly satisfied by anything besides their very purpose for being? They cannot, and Augustine knew this. It is only in Christ that our souls can rest and find satisfaction. The Apostle Paul began almost every one of his epistles with "grace and peace to you." Why? Grace and peace come hand in hand. When we rest in His grace peace comes naturally for He is the God of peace.

"' Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.'" ~ John 16:33, ESV
"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." ~ Romans 5:1, ESV
"For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility..." ~ Ephesians 2:14, ESV

By His Grace,

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