In the last devotion, God opened our eyes to a very restless world. One man’s sin brought about this restlessness. The pride of man is to blame for unsettled life, and no man on earth can find rest unto his soul unless he comes by the way of the cross.
The cross defies every desire of the lost man, so he clings for a distraction from the still small voice. He fills his schedule with activity and production, but never seems to build the life he wishes to have. His plans always become unsettled. His preparations never seem to be thorough enough, and his pleasures only ease the pain for a short time. Oh the wealthy may say he lives a good life, and the famous may say he has need of nothing. “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
But this is not the man I want to introduce you to today. Sad as the lost man be, I do not believe he is the saddest man on earth. Yes, his life will have the saddest end in separation from God for all eternity, but he is not most miserable.
The saddest man on earth is the man who knows God as his Saviour but fails to see him as Lord. He has been brought from death unto life, but he lives like the lost man; restless as the sea. He is a Christian, redeemed and bought with a price, but he doesn’t live in the peace of God which passeth all understanding.
We all know someone, perhaps even in our churches, that lives consumed by fear. They never see the light for fear of what the darkness may bring. They are always a bundle of nerves and troubled on every turn. May I remind you that when God created man, he never intended life to be that way? God’s desire for every man is to dwell in constant peace and fellowship with Him.
And the saddest note for the restless believer is that he has experienced this peace at least once in his life. The moment he placed faith in Jesus, he had rest unto his soul. Do you remember that glorious day when Jesus came into your life? You felt like the weight of the world was lifted off your shoulders, and there was a peace you couldn’t explain! Did you know it is possible to live in this rest all the time? Yes, ALL the time!
Just like Jesus has made a way of redemption for you, He has also provided you with the rest for the journey! How blessed it is that God would calm the troubled waters of the human heart and sustain the weary traveler!
Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
“O soul are you weary and troubled
No light in the darkness you see
There’s light for a look at the Saviour
And life more abundant and free
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of glory and grace”
– Helen Howarth Lemmel