In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us …. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. Ephesians 1:7-8A, 13-14
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
We are talking about “stress” this week. Each day this week we will look for help in regard to stress by considering something that is true of God that comes to us through our relationship with him. A number of things were said yesterday that we want to keep in mind throughout these considerations. “Stress” is “life’s pressures bearing down on us.” As these pressures take their toll on us we say we are “stressed.” “Fretting is a wrong response to stress that multiplies its impact. When we “fret” we are letting ourselves respond to stress with a combination of “worry” and “whining.” Someone who is “fretting” is someone who is all “fussed up” about something.
The opposite of “fretting” is “resting.” Looking to God and becoming firmly “settled” in our relationship with him so that the things that are true of him become amazingly real to us is our goal. The more this happens, the more we will move from being a “fretting” person to being a “resting” person. The “fitbit” is wristwatch like device that measures a person’s “activity” levels. Our need to “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him (Psalm 37:7)” would be graphically demonstrated to us if we had a “fretbit” device to monitor our “fret level” as we go about daily life. Of course we don’t, but this week’s devotional moments can help us do some self-monitoring of our “fret level” as we rely on the Holy Spirit to give us insight and guidance. This will help us see how very much we need to become ones who truly overcome “fretting.”
Yesterday, we considered the “unfailing love” of God and today we consider the “complete forgiveness” of God. When God says “rest in me,” He is saying, “I want you to become someone who learns to rest in my ‘unfailing love,’ my ‘complete forgiveness,’ and all the other things that are true of me that come from me to you in our relationship. Today’s Scripture speaks wonderfully to the reality of the “complete forgiveness” God gives to us through Christ: “In Him (Christ) we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His (God) grace which He lavished on us …. In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory.” Feel stress and fretting losing their grip on you and feel yourself settling into and resting in the “complete forgiveness” of God. At this very moment, may God’s loving presence become more real to you than anything else.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, my need for “resting” runs deep because my problem with “fretting” runs deep. I want so much to “rest” and not “fret,” that I am even fretting about that. Please help me to come before you in a way that allows me truly to be in your presence. Help me to settle into your arms of love and forgiveness and truly rest in your amazing presence. Amen!
Posted on Tue, August 30, 2016
by Ken Hart