You Will Find Rest

Posted on 10/02/2005 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Good morning, and welcome. It's good to see all of you this morning. It's always good to meet together with brothers and sisters in our family, the family of God.

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The title of my message this morning is "You Will Find Rest." If you've ever felt weary and worn in your body or in your soul, this message is for you. If you've never felt weary in any way, this message is still for you, because you're long overdue, and your day is coming!

Let's go to the Lord together in prayer.

Father, thank you for meeting with us here. Whether it's with all of us here this Sunday morning, or later in the week with just a single person joining us by audio, we know you're right here with us, and you have a word of encouragement and comfort for us.

Speak to us; touch our hearts so we can listen, and touch our ears so we can hear.

We also pray for TigerBabe, and for her husband who is in the hospital with heart trouble. It is you alone who can walk into our desperate storms and speak "Peace, be still." We agree together this morning, Lord, that you touch his heart, that you visit him where he is and touch his body and his soul, and we ask that you wrap your arms around TigerBabe and comfort her too. Use this situation for your glory, and to draw them so close to you that your peace is greater in them than any storm that could ever come their way.

It's in Jesus' precious name we pray.

Amen.

Our Scripture for this morning is found in Matthew chapter 11, verses 28 through 29.

"Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you will find rest for your souls."

Wouldn't it be nice if life was easy? If troubles didn't come our way? If hardships and trials simply passed us by?

The fact is, life is hard. The storms of life rage all around us. Our ship that sails the seas of life, if you will, is such a small and fragile vessel.

Circumstances can seem to overwhealm us, and it seems as though no matter how hard we struggle, we continue to sink, as the crashing waves wash over us.

Sometimes it's so easy to feel like giving up. So many times it seems as though the journey is just too great for us.

Where can we turn for help when we simply don't have the strength to carry on? Is there any rest for our souls?

"Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest..."

In Mark chapter 4, the disciples were crossing the sea. A storm came upon them, and they were filled with fear.

No matter how hard they struggled and strained, they could not still the winds. No matter how much they toiled, they could not calm the waves. No matter how dilligently they strove, they could not bring peace into their crisis.

Then they called upon the Lord.

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still! And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." (Mark 4:39)

In Matthew chapter 14, we read about the Disciples crossing the sea. Once again, a storm overtook them.

They were straining at the oars, fighting the storm with every bit of strength that was in them.

Jesus had stayed behind to pray. In the middle of the night, Jesus walked to them upon the water.

We read in verse 25, "And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea."

We may think our circumstances are impossible. We may think our situations are hopeless. We may think our troubles are insurmountable. And for us, they very well may be.

The waters of our life may be troubled and distressed.

But Jesus will come to us, walking on those troubled waters. Sometimes we need those things to overtake us so Jesus will have an impossible road to walk on so our faith in him can grow.

As Jesus was walking to them, the waves were still crashing. He did not walk to them on a glassy, peaceful sea. He walked to them upon the waves. He walked to them upon the turmoil and strife. He walked to them upon disaster and upheaval.

The disciples were exhausted from fighting for their lives. They were weary and worn. They desperately needed rest.

"Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest..."


When you can't come to Jesus, Jesus will come to you.

There's one thing I would like to point out here: When the disciples could not come to Jesus, Jesus came to them.

Some might say, "I simply cannot come to the Lord. I feel trapped by my situations. I feel caught by my circumstances. I feel unable to come to him!"

Cry out to him, and he will come to you!

Romans 10:13 says, "Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved."


Now when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they thought their nightmare had just gotten worse.

Not only were they in the middle of the sea during a horrific storm about to die, but now they were seeing a ghost coming straight toward them!

But Jesus told them, "Be of good cheer! It is I!"

Starting in verse 28 of Matthew chapter 14 we read,

"And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it is you, ask me to come to you on the water. And Jesus said, 'Come.' And when Peter had stepped of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus."

Let me tell you this morning, there was no bridge. The waters had not been stilled. The wind and waves still held the disciples' lives in peril. Yet Peter answered the call of the Lord.

Jesus said, "Come!" And Peter stepped out of the boat, ignoring the way things appeared.

Instead of believing what he saw, he believed what Jesus said. And because he believed the Word of the Lord to be true, and acted upon it, he did the impossible and walked on water.

Let's continue with verse 30.

"But when Peter looked around at the wind and waves, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, 'Lord, save me!' And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said to him, 'O you of little faith, why did you doubt?' And when they had gotten into the ship, the wind ceased."

As long as Peter's eyes and attention were upon Jesus, he was able to walk above the troubles all around him. But when his eyes strayed from Jesus, and he began looking around him, he was filled with fear and doubt, and began to sink.

How often do we look around us at our troubles? How often do we worry about our situations? How often do we put our attention upon our circumstances and afflictions?

When we look at all the troubles around us, we begin to fear, worry, and doubt, and soon we find we are up to our ears in the waters that rage all around us, and we are drowning in despair and hopelesness.

But when Peter began to sink, he cried out to the Lord. "...And immediately, Jesus stretched forth his hand..."

You may have let your eyes stray from Jesus. You may feel as though your circumstances and troubles are overwhealming you. You may feel as though you are sinking in your hopeless situations.

Cry out to the Lord, and he will save you!

"...And when they had gotten into the ship, the wind ceased."

If we cry out to the Lord, and begin walking towards him, he will step into our boat, and give us rest for our souls.

"Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest..."

We can rest this day in the arms of the Lord.


Let's go to the fourth chapter of Hebrews, where we read of the rest God has for his people. They had not entered into his rest because of their unbelief.

Peter began to sink when he looked around him at his troubles instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus. After reaching out his hand to save Peter, Jesus said, "Why did you doubt?"

Our doubt keeps us from entering into the rest that God has for us.

Let's read from the fourth chapter of Hebrews, beginning with the 10th verse:

"For he who has entered into God's rest, he also has ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any one fall after the same example of unbelief.

"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the separating of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

"Neither is there any thing that is hidden from his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him to whom we must answer.

"Seeing then that we have a great high priest who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold tightly onto our profession of faith.

"For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling of our pain; but was in all ways tempted just as we are, yet without sin.

"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

We read in Romans 10:17 that "...faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."

To enter into God's rest, you must have faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, "...without faith it is impossible to please God..."

How does faith come? "...faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."

The more you fill yourself with God's Word, the more seeds of faith will be planted and watered in your heart.

Then we read, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."

Our high priest, Jesus, understands all our troubles and fears, all our worries and stresses, all our disappointments and pains.

He understands all our heartaches, all our sorrows, and all our doubts.

So we are told to come boldly to the throne of grace, so that we may find grace to help in time of need.

Every day, we need to come to him and seek his face. He cares for you. And he is ready and waiting to hear your cry for help so that when you seek dilligently for the Price of Peace, he can speak into your storm, "Peace, be still!"

The Lord will meet you half way.

James 4:8 says, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you..."

The Scriptures tell us that God longs to draw us to himself, where we will be safe and warm, secure from all the storms that surround us.

May we hide ourselves in the presence of the Lord, safe within the cleft of the Rock!

The peace you need is waiting for you in the Lord. The rest you need is waiting for you in the Lord.

Seek him through prayer and through his Word. Draw near to God so that he will draw near to you. And you will find you have a peace that surpasses all understanding, and that no matter what goes on around you, you are finally and truly at rest.

"Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am gentle and humble in heart: and you will find rest for your souls."

Heavenly father, thank you for preparing a rest for your people, for those who diligently seek your presence and your face. Help us all to lay aside everything else and pursue after you, so we will find your presence, your peace, and your rest.

Let's make our way over to the fellowship room for open discussion, fellowship, and ministry. If you have a private ministry request, please instant message myself or one of the ministry team, or utilize our Prayer and Counseling center in the next room.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you; may his face shine upon you; may his radiance glow all around you; and may you be filled to overflowing with the peace that surpasses our ability to understand. Amen.