Finding Rest in God

Do you ever stop in the rush of life to think about God? We have enjoyed two beautiful days with cloudless blue skies. The sun brought out the beauty of the autumnal colours. Another year is passing and, although our human world is in turmoil, the beauty and splendour of God’s creation spoke to my heart. Our amazing little planet stands alone in a vast and bleak universe and speaks to us all of God.

Above the cacophony of voices telling us that it all happened by chance, over a very long time, something deep in my very being tells me that there is a Creator and he is good. His creation is amazing and tells me he is very great. It makes me want to worship him and say with the psalmist, in Psalm 8, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. You have set your glory above the heavens.”

The psalmist goes on to reflect on the significance for each of us of God’s greatness revealed in his creation. “When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? You have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet.”

We haven’t evolved from monkeys, but have been created by God, in his image, with a glorious purpose. Life only makes sense when we relate to him. Many years ago Augustine of Hippo wrote, “You have made us for yourself O Lord, and our hearts are restless until we find rest in you.” Rest and peace are not characteristics of our lives in the 21st century. The reason is that we live in a godless society in which many people, including our leaders, have decided to exclude God from everything. So there is no warmth or love, and none of us really matters.

Last week I heard that an elderly man, who was my friend, had died. I also heard of a young couple we know well and love, whose new born baby died. At such times it is so important to rest in the God who is there. He really is mindful of us and cares deeply for us.

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