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May 1, 2013

Firsthand Experience | Day 18

Resting In His Presence

Scripture to meditate on: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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 shall find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

The following is an excerpt from Firsthand: Ditching Secondhand Religion for a Faith of Your Own by Ryan and Josh Shook.

When I (Ryan) was very young, I never wanted to go to sleep. My parents would put me down in my bed, and I would try to keep my eyes open as long as I could. I’d make noises or look around the room as I tried hard to keep my eyelids from closing. I’m not sure why I wanted to stay awake, but I do remember my dad often holding me before bedtime. With his arms around me and my chin on his shoulder, he would gently bounce me up and down until I finally fell asleep.

Now that I’m older, I realize that I’m always fighting my faith the same way I tried to fight sleep as a child. I throw an unlimited number of doubts at God and try to stay in control of my entire world. But eventually, after I’ve finally worn myself out with questions and given up my struggle, God looks at me with the gentle smile of a father and simply holds me in His arms.

I don’t know where you are right now in your struggle with doubt. But I know exactly where God is. At the end of the day, God is still there, ready to hold you, no matter what you think about Him or what you’ve said about Him.

God is waiting for you to experience the peace that comes from stepping back from your questions at times and simply relaxing in His arms. No matter how many questions or doubts you or I may have, we can take comfort in the fact that God is still God, He still loves us, and, ultimately, He is still in control.

Firsthand faith means that we’re not afraid to bring our burning questions directly to God. But it also means that we’re not afraid to simply relax in His love. Even when all our questions haven’t yet been answered.