“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
To read this verse correctly is to read, “and I will rest you.” Those who are in Christ are always in rest, we were given that rest, that peace when we were accepted in the Beloved, if you have worries and cares then you are not trusting in the promises, you are doubting and are not in that place where He has rested you.
The initial path of our adversary has always been one of doubt, leading inevitably to a lack of trust and thereby offering no rest, when we are crucified with Christ is when we are rested by Him, rested from the doubts and fears, resting in the promises. Will we falter? Of course, we are still in the flesh, being sanctified, not yet glorified, and so it is inevitable. “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” (Prov. 24:16)
To doubt for any extended time is indeed a sin. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) But those initial doubts may not be, if you reprove yourself immediately.
The newborn Christian, so to speak, one who has only been saved a very short amount of time may be assailed by the enemy in this area, doubting he or she has made the right decision as they watch their friends walk away from them, as they notice within themselves lessoning desires in things they once held dear, those doubts can be overpowering some days, for those of you I offer this as a contemplation point, and a memory verse, “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.” (Gen. 15:1)
To those of you who have walked many years with the Lord, perhaps even decades, those doubts will still arrive, you know this, and may even have come to expect them, understanding full well Romans 7:25, “I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” But there may arrive those lingering questions as you look back on that path. “Have I been profitable?” “Have I truly followed where I was led to, or have I only been deceiving myself?”
Much Spiritual discernment must be granted to the one whom the Lord has called to teach or preach, for Satan is extremely subtle in that area. If you are sure without a doubt that you have been called to stand behind the pulpit and twenty years later you are still preaching only to a handful of individuals, the doubts will come, and they will do one of two things, either draw you closer to the Lord with many “Thy will be done” utterances, or they will do the opposite, you will begin to question the path you are on.
To you I offer this verse and ask you to contemplate the answer the one who asked it received. “And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?” (Matt. 11:3) That is the best example I can give you today to help you assuage that doubt.
The man, if you will, who introduced the Messiah to the world doubted. You are in good company. Jesus rested John the Baptist and He will rest you also.
Expect them to arrive, these doubts, on a fairly regular basis, for they will, it is in our nature to doubt, but if you realize this, and intercept them when they arrive, you will realize a truth about them, they help us to grow closer to the Lord. For all of you, I offer this verse in the hopes that it will assist you when those times arrive. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jer. 29:11) Expect the doubts, expect the end, and watch as that old man inside of you blessedly dies just a little more each time.