Ozark Christian Living

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Divine R & R

May 2

"And HE said, MY presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. Exodus 33:14


"... restlessness ... is directly attributable to the measure of GOD'S presence we eschew."






The restlessness of men, so prevalent in the world, is directly attributable to the measure of GOD'S presence we eschew.  "I was not in safety, neither had I rest, neither was I quiet; yet trouble came."  We strike out on our own, and press forward on every conceivable front, surpassing expanses never dreamed of by our ancestors.  Ventures to expand the horizons of fallen imagination are launched presently; apart from the acknowledgement, and presence, of the ONE WHO created those very horizons.  "There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked."  If taken far enough, distance from GOD may serve to silence one's conscience; but without HIM, there is no rest, and there, the seared conscience turns to a black hole for the soul.

"Come unto ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take MY yoke upon you, and learn of ME; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For MY yoke is easy, and MY burden is light."  The void left in us through the violation of HIS law can only be filled by HIM.  Every quest to fill this void with the synthetics of religious achievement is vain.  It was the intimacy of a relationship with GOD which perished in sin; an intimacy, by the way, which will never be replaced by syntonic expeditions in denial of that damning fact.  Only the fool launches out on his own to discover truth apart from the TRUTH; and if insisted upon, he will find his flat earth thinking real, as his vessel cascades over the edge of death into eternal punishment.  

"There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of GOD."  In HIS grace, HE left Heaven's glory, to pursue us: "But GOD commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, CHRIST died for us." ... in a Divine demonstration of the most daring rescue of rest ever known to man! 

"... there the weary be at rest."

For Love of Country
Timothy Dwight (1752-1817)
(President of Yale)
"The Bible is a window in this prison of hope, through which we look into eternity."

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