Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved."  Isaiah 30:15

We have just returned from a very good conference in our Neath church in the south of Wales. There was much blessing in the meetings and at points an outstanding presence of God, a sense of breaking through into an eternal realm.

We've come home feeling happy and satisfied with the weekend. However, at the end of such glory occasions, there is much need of returning alone to the feet of Christ. It's lovely to fellowship with others, to worship Christ in the midst of the church but to return alone to Him and rest in Him is the home of our soul. If we make our home the glory meetings and the fellowship of others we are missing out on a vital link in our spiritual lives. It's a bit like always wanting to party instead of being at home with your husband or wife. Christ's presence must be as vital as that to us. We're not meant to want to be with others all the time but to come quietly alone and draw strength from Him. This is where we outwork our salvation, where eternal life grows and develops within us, where light grows stronger and we mature in the things of God.

It doesn't matter your situation - whether you've been surrounded by Christians all weekend or you've walked a lonely road - return to Him this morning and rest in Him. Let your spirit sink deeply into His presence, lean your weight upon Him and let Him carry you. He can only bring you into a good place and we can trust Him with all our tomorrows.

'For God is not unjust. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other believers, as you still do.'  Hebrews 6:10-12