July 16, 2007, Enterprise Dispatch
Pastor's Column

God gives rest, reassurance

Pastor Marc Grindle, Dassel Church of Christ

As a father, I often have to reassure my kids of certain things in life; the fly will not hurt you, the blood will go away, the pain will not last forever, there will be enough dinner for everyone . . . simple things like this.

But I have also discovered as a pastor that I often need to reassure adults; another job will come along, cancer can be cured, death is not the end . . . certainly more complex and difficult issues.

And of course, I have discovered that I, too, often need reassurance; you are a good dad and husband, you are doing your job well, the money will come in time, the bills will get paid.

We all need reassurance from time to time. One of the greatest reassurances I find is found in Romans 8. Verses 31-33 reassure us that, “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Later we read in that same chapter that “Nothing in all of creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (verse 39).

Now, that is reassuring. That is good news that we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

Right now, if you are wondering, “Is there any hope?” “Does anyone care?” let me say, yes! One far greater and more powerful that any of us sees and knows everything that happens in your life. And despite our faults, sins, and struggles, He loves us anyway.

The Bible tells us that God knows the very number of hairs on our heads and that not a single sparrow falls without God knowing. If He cares about such simple things as this . . . do you not think He cares about you?

Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Hang on to that promise.

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