I’ve Got Issues…

As the title of this blog reveals…I’ve got issues. I struggle with trust. I struggle with rest. These two issues are forever tied together.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30

I find myself reflecting on these verses today. Are you fearful? Are you carrying a burden you were never meant to carry? Is it difficult for you to trust God in all things?

I’ve been a pastor for more than 20 years and I still wrestle with this all the time. Trust is difficult and it is undeniably tied to rest.

Kim and I once heard a sermon called “Stay By The Stuff.” That title still makes me chuckle; but, it’s a profound reminder to me. What exactly is “the stuff?” God’s Word, His people, prayer… I am constantly reminded that when I struggle or when you struggle, we need to plug into the Source of strength that drives out fear, and rest in His love for us.

These words from the 1987 song “Rest” by Steve Green are really touching my heart today and I hope they will touch yours as well:

Rest the Lord is near
Refuse to fear
Enjoy his love

Trust, His mighty power
Fills every hour
Of all your days

There is no need
For needless worry
With such a Savior
You have no cause to ever

Doubt His perfect word
Still reassures
In any trial

Call Him, if you grow frightened
Call Him, with loving care
He’ll lift the burden and you’ll

Rest the Lord is near
Refuse to fear
Enjoy His love

Trust His mighty power
Fills every hour
Of all your days

Rest the Lord is near
Refuse to fear
Enjoy His love

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