Who is The Saddest Man on Earth? We have discovered it is not the lost man, but the saved man that chooses to live as the lost man: restless as the sea (Isaiah 57:20-21). There are many of God’s people who trust Christ with their eternal soul but do not trust Him with their lives. They choose not to live in the rest that can only be found in the presence of Christ. They make a poor substitution that costs them true joy and soul rest.
Here are two poor substitutes for peace:
The pursuit of prosperity has robbed many men of inward peace. People literally lose their minds just because they wish to have more. Even as Christians, we can live in the land of ER. We wish to be richER, smartER, bettER than everyone else.
We live with the feeling that there is something way out in the ether that we are missing. We think there must be something more somewhere “out there.” This search can cause a man to cheat on his wife, rob God of his tithe, or live in utter discontentment–all because of the feeling that there is more and he has got to be missing out!
All that we need and desire in our soul is fulfilled in a Person, not a thing! His name is Jesus Christ, and there is no longing of the heart that He cannot satisfy! Do you truly believe that? Do you believe that what God has given you at this moment is every ingredient for a joyful life in Christ? Rest begins with Christ alone.
We live in a very fast-pace, productive world, don’t we? Everything we see is all about getting somewhere and being somebody. But can I remind you that no matter how hard you work, you will not find rest for your soul that way. There is no job, task, position, or intense workout that can give you peace; only Christ can give it to you. This is why He said, “Come unto all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I WILL GIVE YOU rest.”
In Galatians 5 we see peace as a fruit of the Spirit. It is not a fruit of our own work and labor, but a product of simply being filled with the Holy Spirit of God. Many believers, when they become frustrated in God’s work, think “I’ll just do more”; but that is not always the solution. Sometimes doing more is simply doing nothing. You’ve got to come to the end of yourself and stop doing and start being. Christ promises peace in the midst of your labor under one condition: “Come unto me…”
Stop working for soul rest when Christ has already paid for it. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Are you making a poor substitution for peace today? If you do not live in the rest that Christ promises you, then maybe that is an indication you are turning to something else besides Him. “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” (Matthew 11:28-30).