Finding Rest in Difficult Situations by Christina Patterson

Finding Rest in Difficult Situations
Christina Patterson
Psalm 62:1-6

On my first few days in Ghana, West Africa on a study abroad trip I desperately tried to adjust to the temperature change. I have never experienced heat like that before. I was so hot. One day while waiting in our tour van I couldn’t take the heat any more. I was trying to adjust in my seat hoping to find a position that was cooler. I was fanning myself, and trying whatever I could to cool down. It was all in vain as the heat surrounded me and there was nothing I could do about it. I looked over to one of our tour guides and translators who was sitting beside me and she looked as cool as a cucumber. When she saw my unrest in doing everything I could to cool down, she laughed a little and simply said, “be still”. So I did. I sat there as still as I possibly could, and to my surprise she was right. I started to cool down once I surrendered to the heat, relaxed, and found rest even in my uncomfortable situation. Once I was still, I was able to find comfort and rest in one of the hottest places I’ve even been.  This leads us to what I would like to talk about today: what it means for our souls to rest in God. Today’s scripture is Psalm 62:1-6 which reads:

“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken. How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down— this leaning wall, this tottering fence? They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Selah Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

Specifically I would like you to give your attention to verse 5: 

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.”

The question I hope to answer today by looking into God’s Word is: “What does it mean for our souls to rest in God?”

Looking at the Verse:

By simply reading the verse, we see that rest comes from God. Also we notice in this verse it is our soul which receives rest from God. This insinuates that not only do our physical bodies need rest, but our souls at some point in time also need rest, and it is God alone that may provide that rest to our souls. The verse ends with “my hope comes from him” which points to the reasons why our souls may not be at rest. In other words, if our hope is not in God, then our souls will be at unrest. In general the verse is saying “Only rest for my soul comes from God because my hope comes from Him.” This leads me to believe that our soul need rest in any situation that challenges our hope and faith in God. If we are truly placing our ...

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