Jesus has risen from the dead and ascended into heaven. He said that He must go so that the Holy Spirit could come. He is the living bread and living water, prepared for us to partake in.
In all things occurring in your life, God is at work. Give Him thanks even when things are difficult. He makes all things beautiful in His time. Have you given your heart to Jesus? “Look, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2)
9 “Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of Israel’s sons: 10 six of their names on the first stone and the remaining six names on the second stone, in the order of their birth. 11 Engrave the two stones with the names of Israel’s sons as a gem cutter engraves a seal. Mount them, surrounded with gold filigree settings. 12 Fasten both stones on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the Israelites. Aaron will carry their names on his two shoulders before the Lord as a reminder. (Exodus 28)
Aaron was the first high priest of Israel. Jesus is the last high priest. This scripture is a reminder that He carries us on His shoulder. Do we try to do things in our own strength? Or are we resting on Him, on His power?
For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)
Jesus is also the Good Shepherd. Shepherds will carry sheep on their shoulders. He wants to carry us and give us rest.
4 “What man among you, who has 100 sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the 99 in the open field[a] and go after the lost one until he finds it? 5 When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, 6 and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’ 7 I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous people who don’t need repentance.” (Luke 15)
If you are really resting in Him, you are not going to go astray. Are you in this place today? Do you find yourself trying to make things happen in your life, instead of waiting on Him?
Even when I go through the darkest valley,
I fear no danger,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff—they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
Is the darkest valley a difficult time that has come into our life? Is it something we have brought on ourselves by our own choices? Regardless, Jesus will continually take us back into His rest, carrying us on His shoulders, if we will allow Him.
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Being confident in your salvation is a place of peace and rest! Where is confusion? It is with the enemy of our souls – he is the master of confusion. When He says He will not remember our sins, it’s because He means it! He wants us to know it and have confidence in it. There is no peace when you are out of God’s will.
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” (John 14:27)
He gives us His peace regardless of our circumstances. The presence of His peace does not mean the absence of difficulties.
…He who started a good work in you[a] will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)
23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5)
He said about Benjamin:
The Lord’s beloved rests securely on Him.
He shields him all day long,
and he rests on His shoulders. (Deuteronomy 33:12)
He completes the work in our lives – not us – but Him! Why does He do all this? For His enjoyment – because He wants to. He has chosen to bind us to His heart.