“And I Will Give You Rest”

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“Back in 1839, James Espy claimed that rain could easily be produced by heating the air. But his plan to saturate parched farmland by building great log fires across vast stretches of the American West never materialized — for which Espy’s contemporaries were probably grateful! Later in the 19th century, a new theory emerged: loud noises would bring rain. This theory was put to the test in Texas, where Robert Dyrenforth piled up enough munitions for a small war. He blasted away at the skies, but as one observer wrote, ‘Dyrenforth attacked from the front and rear, by the right and left flank. But the sky remained clear as the complexion of a Saxon maid’” (Today in the Word, July 23, 1992).

For thousands of years, people have looked for the source of many parts of this world. Some have limited themselves by looking only for scientific solutions. Others have attributed the answers to man-made deities. And most have failed to see the real answer, the real source of this life. God is the creator and sustainer.

Colossians 1:16-17 says it best, “ For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”

God has control of all things in this life, from something small like the rain to the vast interweaving fabric of the universe. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that if we will but let Him in, He could help us too. He can help with our small issues as well as the great ones. At times our problems feel like enormous burdens. We feel tired and overwhelmed. But through all of this, Jesus’ offer still stands, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-29). Will we take a hold of His outstretched hand?

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