Rest from sorrow

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“It shall come to pass in the day the Lord gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve.” Isaiah 14:3

Isaiah is prophesying about the fall of Babylon and the rest that the people who love him will still have.

Does Babylon represent our world today — a place that encourages us to fulfill every desire and lust in an attempt to satisfy our egos and our lives?

Babylon represents everything that is not of God.  Pursuit of worldly things, instead of pursuing God, has led me to sorrow, anxiety, fear or bondage to something — work, play, addictions, sex, etc.

My belief and faith in God brings peace and rest and sets me on a new course of life.

My hope is in God and my pursuit of him releases me from being controlled by the world’s system.  Through my continued relationship and reliance on God I simply don’t desire what it offers anymore — I don’t depend on its bounty for fulfillment which in the end, only brings despair.

We live in this world but do not partake of it.  Our life is in God and he brings all good things that he has purposed for our lives.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2

Prayer:  Lord, my desire is to live with you and for you.  I thank you that I have rest and as I have broken away from hoping in the world. — I have freedom from fear and sorrow.  I am free from bondage.

Thank you for your grace which caused me to see you and recognize you as my Savior — the only one who could bring true peace and joy to my life.

Thank you for your mercy as I walked down hard paths of reconciliation of my life’s doings, forgiving myself and others for all my and their wrongs.

Thank you that you have set my life at rest again — like a giant do-over … your way.

Thank you for joy and rejoicing — that I can thrive in your presence and take comfort and have assurity that I will dwell with you all of my days.

Thank you for your word which is life-giving and life-changing.

“Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.”  Psalm 119-11

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