I Wish - Matthew 11 - [REAL] - Brent Phillips - Encounter Houston
Have those words, I WISH; ever run through your mind? Do you sometimes wish that your life could be different, that the choices that you made could be re-made? You carry with you the heavy luggage of IF ONLY and I WISH. Every morning you put on a smile for the people around you but the truth is, we feel alone, often overwhelmed and most days, the pain of regret rings all too loud.
In Matt 11:28 Jesus said, "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
Rest? You might be thinking, how can I get REST from my past? How can I get rest from my mistakes and regrets? How can I get rest from this nightmare that I call life? How can I get rest from the loneliness and pain that I feel? How can I get rest from wishing I was someone else, somewhere else? I have good news for you!
In the Olympics, the favorite event, the most watched event is the 100m dash. What everyone knows about this event is the start is absolutely critical. If you have a bad start, it is almost impossible to recover. If you don’t start well, you don't finish well. This is exactly the same when it comes to life. The statistics are overwhelming when it comes kids who have a bad start in life; they finish in a bad place in life. What hope is there for the person who started badly, who started their life with abuse, who started with brokenness, who started with hopelessness, who started with tragedy? How can they ever finish well?
"Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
The reason Jesus can make such massive statement like “I WILL GIVE YOU REST” is because there nothing that is out of his reach or beyond his power. There is no situation or circumstance that is greater than His ability.
The REST that Jesus offers is not a patch job.. not a repair job, He is not just super glue. He is the one that makes us brand new. He is the one who takes away “I WISH” and replaces it with “I DID”. He is the only one who can take a life of ashes, and out of it build a life of beauty.
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