Life isn’t easy, but it is possible to be at ease. As impossible as that might seem to those undergoing great trials, we have blessed assurance from God’s Word that it is so. He has promised that if we fear Him our “soul shall dwell at ease”, and confidence in that fact gives us great comfort and courage.
James Smith wrote, “The man that fears God must have faith in His word, love to His character, a desire to please Him in all things, a fear to offend Him in anything, a realization of His omniscience, and be looking forward to His appearing.
Beloved, is this our character? It is said of such, ” His soul shall dwell at ease :” free from slavish fears – from soul-distressing cares and anxieties – in a state of contentment and solid peace. And well he may; for he has God for his portion – the eternal covenant as his stay – the precious promises as his security – the glorious atonement for his plea – complete salvation for his shield – providence as his friend – Christ as his constant Advocate, Captain, and Man-of-War – daily fellowship with God as his relief – and heaven as his final home. His soul shall lodge, or dwell in goodness : so some read it.
The goodness of God is the storehouse of every blessing, and will supply his every want – silence all his fears – contradict all his unbelieving doubts – and exalt him to peace and honour. Beloved, let us not be anxious about anything, but casting all our cares upon God, let us dwell at ease.”
Once the world was all my treasure;
Then the world my heart possess’d;
Now I taste sublimer pleasure,
Since the Lord has made me blest;
I can witness,
Jesus gives His people rest.