Joel Osteen (August-11-2019) Sunday Daily Devotion: Finding Rest in a Restless World.
TODAY'S SCRIPTURE: "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28, NIV
TODAY'S WORD: In this day and age, our culture has become so accustomed to having constant activity going on—computers, cell phones, television, email, video games. There’s nothing wrong with being entertained, but sometimes we have to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God.
This is especially true during the difficult times in life. When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it with a neighbor. But at some point, you have to stop and say, “God, I rest in You. I know You have me in the palms of Your hands.” Remember, our battles are spiritual battles. The people in your life aren’t your enemy, the forces of darkness are. When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are saying to the whole world, “I trust God. He is my Defender.” When you choose to believe in Him, you will enter into His rest.
Remember, the battle belongs to the Lord. As you are still before Him, as you tune out the distractions of the world and lean into Him, you will find rest and experience His victory and blessing in every area of your life.
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, I humbly come to You, seeking rest for my heart and mind. I choose to be still before You. I choose to cast my cares on You. Speak to my heart so I can know You more. Fill me with Your peace as I put my trust in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.