Rest in a Weary World

When we think of Adam’s sin what comes to mind? Is it that he ate of the tree of good and evil that the Lord forbid them both not to eat from? Or is it that he asserted his own will instead of God’s will? I think it is the latter.


We read in Scripture that at one time there was only God’s will and therefore there was peace, joy, harmony; all God’s blessings. We read in Isaiah 14 about an angel, called Lucifer who said: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation, on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.”


From that time on there has been war, a conflict taking place in the world because of Adam and Eve doing their own thing and not the will of God, and from them every child that is born wants to do their own thing. We know that a conflict is a clash between two wills and with billions of wills today on planet earth it is amazing to me that we have had as much peace as we’ve had!


We know that a day is coming when “the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day shall there be one LORD of all.”


We are to pray “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10


That will be a great day when no one can dispute Jehovah’s rule. There will not be any favoritism or double standard, no difference in law, or will, or rule, but all will be in harmony, unity and agreement. This is what the Millennial Rule of our Lord Jesus Christ will be and the peace that it will bring upon the earth and in the heavens. So we pray for His kingdom to come and for His will to be done. The two go together.


The reason we have no peace or rest in the world today, as well as in families, is because there is more than one will striving to lead and control. More than one will by necessity brings conflict and confusion. We sometimes hear of “Dual Control,” but it is a delusion and something that exists in words, not reality.


The one thing that we all long for is peace and rest, and the secret for this is ONE WILL: God’s will. As long as there are two opposing wills there can be no peace, but when our will is subject to God’s will we have rest and peace.


We see the example of the Lord Jesus Christ when He walked the earth as a man with the rest and peace that He exhibited. We read how He found rest in the midst of hatred and suffering; rest in the midst of John the Baptist’s doubts about Him; rest when that generation rejected Him, and how he found rest when the cities that saw His greatest works did not believe that He was who He said He was.


“At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.”


At that time He turned to His weary disciples and said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”


“Come to Me” is the invitation. Let His will be done – is the request, and the result is rest for our weary souls. Do we want rest, peace and joy? We find it in doing the will of God.


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