In times of prosperity, in times of adversity

Jesus speaks to “the cities where most of his mighty works had been done” (Matthew 11:20). He gives them absolutely no encouragement to bask in their past glories. He presents them with the challenge of the present. He calls on them to makle an immediate response to God. In no uncertain terms, he challenges them about their present attitude to God. Jesus rebukes them because “they did not repent” (Matthew 11:20). He warns them of the coming judgment: “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!” (Matthew 11:21). Jesus does not, however, speak only of judgment. He, also, speaks of salvation. He gives us his gracious promise” Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Through faith in Christ’s promise, we need not fear the coming judgment. Through faith in his promise, we come to know his rest. By faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we come, in this world of constant turmoil, to know a peace which the world can neither give to us nor take from us: “the peace of God which passes all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). The peace is not dependent on material prosperity. Very often, in times of material prosperity, we forget God, the giver of all good gifts, and we bring ourselves under his judgment. Whatever our circumsatnces, times of prosperity or times of adversity, let us embrace wholeheartedly the gracious promise of our Lord Jesus Christ. When we trust in his precious promise, we will come to know his rest.

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