Rest in a Restless House

By Jordan Seth

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

If you’re like me, this has been a rollercoaster season of emotions and I’ve been trying to figure out how to calm the restlessness I feel inside. Everyone seems to have a spin on why we’re going through all of this and I’ve heard many people trying to “make sense” of what has been happening. I’ve heard some talk about “silver linings” in reference to the pandemic and trying to put a positive twist on the situation. I’ve heard others say that this is God telling us to “stop being so busy!”

I can’t even begin to explain our current season other than we are simply living in a broken world that is groaning to be mended and restored by its creator. In Genesis, we chose to trust in ourselves rather than God, and as a result, we were kicked out of the garden and into a world of death, disease and uncertainty. Ever since, we have been wrestling with our relationship between God and the world.

So, how do we find peace for a weary soul in such an uncertain time?

We draw near to Jesus and ask him for peace beyond all understanding! Throughout the bible we see that God is contantly calling us, chasing us, yearning for us to come to him for whatever we need. He is calling us over and over to trust him; to draw close to him; to pray; to seek; to build the peace of our house on His promises:

  • “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
  • This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14
  • The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Please know that our hope in Christ doesn’t just come during Easter and Christmas! It is a constant that we can abide in all year long through the joys and the sorrows. His promises are endless. We must each make the personal effort to daily trust in him. His faithulness is great and his mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). He, alone, is the one who can calm the raging seas of our restless heart. He has not forsaken his children (Psalm 9:10)! Let’s believe his promises are true.