‘‘Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.’’ Acts 9:31 (KJV)
For one man to persecute an entire Christian community that means such an individual had the zeal for destruction and not having fear of the Almighty God. His name was Saul. He could obtain letters of authorization from those at the helm of affairs to enable him to carry out a dastardly act against the people of God in terms of persecution and committing them to prison. He made havock of the church (Acts 8:3).
The early church had rest after Saul the persecutor was arrested, disarmed and significantly deradicalized by God. This marked the end of the dark days for the early church by giving them a sigh of relief as witnessed from our anchor scripture. The Holy Ghost was with them and the power of God was never absent from their midst. The early church feared God for His mighty act and from Judaea to Galilee to Samaria; they had calm, peace and rest because God fought for them.
God is a great God who has all the strategies for winning any form of battle. For the past 2000 years, He has been fighting different kinds of battles for all His children and has never lost a single battle. He wins every battle and gives rest to His beloved through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Have we been desiring any rest, maybe financial rest, academic rest, material rest or spiritual rest etc? Let us bring all our burdens before the Lord Jesus Christ and He will take them over and give us a good rest for an exchange. See Matthew 11:28
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I hand over all my battles to you, fight all my battles for me and grant me rest on every side.
Divine rest is a freezer that freezes pains and gives peace and joy