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Topic: WEEKEND AWAY (short vacation) (07/23/15)
TITLE: Weekend Getaway
By Edmond Ng
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- For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. (Hebrews 4:10 NAS)
A public holiday on a Friday. That's an extended weekend break!
Alfred thought to himself, his heart leaping for joy as his mind started planning.
"Honey, let's get away over the weekend," Alfred suggested to his wife.
"Not unless our grandchildren are taken care of," Sue answered.
"Don't worry about them, Mom," said Gail with her husband by her side. "Tom and I will take care of the kids."
Not wanting to travel too far away from home, the older couple decided to just leave the busy city to a small town—Corning, in Steuben County. Besides visiting the famed Corning Museum of Glass, exploring the picturesque Finger Lakes region, and enjoying the fabulous food of various cultures, Alfred and Sue found rest during their weekend away.
Rest is what all of us need. A break from our routines to spend time to rest, refresh and refocus can do a lot more good than we realize. Regardless how busy we are, we must make time to rest.
The Epistle to the Hebrews mentioned a rest for the people of God. All of us who have received Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior have been given that rest because of our Lord’s finished work on the cross. We ought therefore to be diligent to enter that rest so that we might not fall (Hebrews 4:9-11).
Are we finding it hard to rest because we are too busy trying to do so many things by our own effort? Are we casting our care on the Lord and committing everything we do to Him?
God’s word exhorts us to cast our anxieties to the Lord who will sustain us. Commit to the Lord whatever we do, and He will establish our plans (1 Peter 5:7; Psalm 55:22; Proverbs 16:3).
Dear Lord, thank You for giving us rest through Your finished work on the cross. Help us not overwork ourselves trying to prove our worth through works, for we know it is not by our effort but by Your grace and unmerited favor that You have chosen to bless us. We commit to You all that we do and cast all our anxieties on You, for You are the One who establishes our plans and have given us rest.
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