Rest assured

In beginning my morning meditation, a Word of the Day for January 28, 2019, came to mind:

“Rest assured”

The expression means to be convinced of, to have faith in and have no doubt. The verbs involve having trust or believing or relying on, placing confidence; to take at one’s word, according to Roget’s 21st Century Thesaurus.

Throughout the Scriptures, God, our gracious Heavenly Father, speaks words to comfort and assure us He is always with us and entirely aware of all that is happening to us. We can rest assured that He knows all about us, and He will take care of us. We are not to be full of care nor “care-full” about anything, but we are to cast all our care on the Lord, knowing that He cares for us. We are confident of this very thing: that He who began a good work in us, will be faithful to complete it. The Word of the Day reminds us to have confidence that what God promised He will fulfill.

Isaiah 41:10 in the Amplified Bible reinforces that message:

‘Do not fear [anything], for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, be assured I will help you; I will certainly take hold of you with My righteous right hand [a hand of justice, of power, of victory, of salvation].’

He assures us of His everlasting presence and offers of words of comfort to the descendants of Jacob and by extension to believers living today:

Isaiah 46:3-4 (Amplified Bible):

“Listen to Me,” [says the LORD], “O house of Jacob,
And all the remnant of the house of Israel,
You who have been carried by Me from your birth
And have been carried [in My arms] from the womb,

Even to your old age I am He,
And even to your advanced old age I will carry you!
I have made you, and I will carry you;
Be assured I will carry you and I will save you.

The opening phrase of the passage introduces this poetic reminder:

Listen to Me
Isaiah 46:3-4

Listen to me. Open your ears and clearly hear
I have always been there. Though you had not perceived
My presence in the wasteland, I was ever near.
And I have upheld you since you were first conceived.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he
Who still holds you and causes you to remember.
I open deaf ears and cause blinded eyes to see
The passion that consumes your soul was once an ember.
Though I seem to be delayed, I will not tarry
But will return for the faithful ones who remain:
Those whom I have made those I will also carry;
Those whom I have called by name I will sustain.
I will perform all I said to do. You shall see.
Rest assured I will deliver. Listen to me.

God continually reminds us of who He is and what He alone can do. We can rest assured that His Word will come to pass. Here is a musical reminder inspired by Isaiah 46:4 and other verses:

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2 Responses to “Rest assured”

  1. Meg Longley Says:

    Thank you, Lonnell!! This article and others recently have been exactly what I needed! God bless you richly! Lots of love!

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