Summer is time for rest. It’s time to pause, get your mind off your work and worries. The need for rest is in our DNA. We need to rest every night and we need a vacation every year. But there is even deeper rest within our reach. Resting in grace brings us real rest. What is that and why is it so special?
First of all, grace brings peace to us. When we’ve confessed our sins, we receive grace upon grace. And when we are right with God, we have peace from our past. This peace is the most wonderful thing. If you haven’t experienced this, run to Jesus and do not leave before you get it. Peace is God’s gift for all who come to him.
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2, NIV)
Resting in grace
Second of all, grace gives us peace for the future. With the words of Lewis Smeds “Grace is the gift of feeling sure that our future, even our dying, is going to turn out more splendidly than we dare imagine.”
This is why resting in grace brings real rest. We can let go of worry and stress and everything else that bothers us because we are safe in Jesus. This is also why we can be sure that our future is going to turn out splendidly. Not because we are going to get rich or famous but because no matter what happens to us, we will be fine in Jesus. This is for real. Jesus is alive and well. And he is at work in our lives. He will turn even intended evil for our good.
So we can rest in grace. Not only on vacation but each and every day, through thick and thin. When we place everything in God’s hands, we can truly rest in grace. So when we are in Jesus, there is no need to worry about our past, present or the future. It’ll be more splendid than we can even imagine. Thank you, Jesus!
Thank you for your amazing grace.
You have provided us everything we need.
Help us to always lean on you.
Thank you for keeping us safe in Jesus.
Do not let us despair but rejoice in you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you resting in grace? Isn’t it the best way to live and love?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you live in Jesus and rest in grace!