Restlessness

by Gail Rodgers

daily devotionsHe has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11a)

Restlessness is not always a bad thing. That sense that there is better somewhere, that the grass is greener elsewhere is part of the eternal call of God on our hearts.

He has also set eternity in the hearts of men.”

As believers we know that we are just passing through this world. Our restless spirit is often the call to focus on more eternal things.

Faith is a steadfast refusal to seek ultimate things where God has not laid them. Ultimate pleasure, ultimate fulfillment, ultimate purpose, and ultimate understanding can be found only where God has laid them.

We know God calls us to a greater value system.  Let that realization anchor your heart with hope.

Rest is mixed with restlessness. Vacations are too short and sometimes less than ideal. Dream homes have problems, some with leaky pipes and cracking foundations. Good health is hard to maintain and can be snatched by sudden mishap or stray virus. Community is fragile and even amid close friends we can feel a little lonely. The things our hearts seek can only be found in a lasting way, in Jesus.

Delight in the rich things of today that the Lord blesses your life with. Know that when they cannot satisfy you entirely, it is His call upon your heart to look upward. Look homeward to Him and know that the richest treasures are not kept in an earthly bank. Seek Him with all your heart.

Heavenly Father, Right now I ask You to train my restlessness in Your ways and help me find the deep treasures of Your Kingdom today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

Inspired by: “The Rest of God” Chapter 14 by Mark Buchanan

Question: How does God’s value system (sometimes referred to as the upside-down kingdom) give you hope?

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2 Responses to Restlessness

  1. Douglas R. Dawson says:

    a old hymn i heard as a child “this world is not my home I am just pasting through” ,and thanks to my LORD CHRIST JESUS i know I am homeward bound

  2. Stephen Bernard says:

    Jesus said that the Kingdom of God is in us; for many nearer. Having Jesus in one’s life is the life in the Kingdom of God. Then one lives in the peace Jesus gives. With the arrival of Jesus, the Kingdom too has come in this world.
    This world without Jesus does not hold any hope for anyone.
    Thank you for the inspiring devotional. God bless you and keep you.

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