Memory Text: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1, NKJV).
Healing for our sickness brings rest for the one who suffered it, Jesus in His earthly ministry encountered many people who were sick and they all received healing and rest from their sickness. However, we may pray for healing and rest and it doesn’t come at the time expected and sometimes to people it comes almost immediately. This week’s lesson will show us how to find rest even when the healings have not come.
Does healing rest come to those who are suffering sickness because of their sin?
Yes, Healing comes to even those who are sick as a result of their sins. The paralytic in Matthew 2:1-4 was sick but Jesus still healed Him of His sickness and made it clear that His sins are forgiven. The good news is that God can give us rest whether we are sick or healthy, whether we caused our sins or it’s a by-product of living in a sinful world.
How did Jesus approach the paralytic man’s disease?
He did not just go with curing the symptoms of the disease, He treated the root, the root of all diseases and suffering is sin. Jesus treated that root when He said, ‘…his sins are forgiven him.’
Why is running away from depression/unrest, not such a perfect solution?
We run to the refrigerator to eat ourselves happy again, sometimes we try to sleep our emotional exhaustion, running away does not solve the problem, rather it only masks the problem and often they can only make it worse.
What does God do when He finds out that we are running away in the quest to solve our problems?
He sometimes waits until we stop running and then He intervenes. He is the strength of our hearts and portion forever (Psalm 73:26).
What form does God’s rest take?
God’s rest is not just a one-time event, it does not just end at one, when we stop running away and let Him lead, He gives us rest and more. For Elijah, He fed him again and again, with a forty-day lasting food, He took Him to solve the problems of His people and God took Him up to heaven in a chariot of fire, to meet with perfect eternal rest.
We saw two forms of unrest in this week’s lesson and we can conclude that God has a solution of rest for all restlessness, it does not matter the cause or the circumstances. These circumstances only elate or depress us but it does not change God’s relation to us. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. With this in mind, I pray that we do not run away in response to our restlessness rather we run to God the One with the cure for all restlessness and we will find rest in Jesus’ name.