What is rest?
We often associate rest in the natural as being in a place where our natural self is in a state of preservation or at peace, no ‘unrest’. Rest is so much more than that, rest is not only possible in the natural but also in the spiritual. God desires that we live from that place of rest. A place where we totally find ourselves in him where we know that in him we are secure, or future is secure despite the current storm.
How do I live from the place of rest?
For a while now I have been searching for some biblical wisdom on how to live in rest. So I began to study the life of Job. Job was a man who have everything that you can imagine; the favor of God, family, wealth…then his life situation shifted. As I continued to study his life and his state of mind, I wanted to know how did he endure, how did he actively trust in God to work things out. Job, I believe for a moment he was depressed but his resolve was, as seen in Job 13:15 NASB “Though He slay me, I will hope in Him. Nevertheless I will argue my ways before Him.” In his trouble Job did not turn away from God but daily tried to prove himself before God in hopes that restoration will take place, and it did. He was aware of his troubles but he also was aware of the power of God. He knew that there was a purpose.
To rest in God we have to actively pursue the peace of God. Lets think about Christ’s mindset when he was sleeping in the boat and the storm was upon them. When he stood before Pilate, knowing he had to endure the cross. That’s rest no matter the situation Christ was submissive to God. We too have to submit our life to God, focus on fulfilling his desires, delighting ourselves in him as his work is being brought to completion in our life. We ought to have the mindset that says – It’s not personal but purpose driven. You will be able to smile at the storm (the fighting, the turmoil, the unrest) why because Jesus is in the vessel, he is in control. We often times let the enemy distract us with issues of life. It’s the enemies mission to draw us away and keep us from focusing on God so he will use our situations to do it, don’t let him! Stand firm knowing that through faith we are seated with Christ.
Just this week I had to fight the devil out of my mind. I found myself in a state of worry during the time I usually pray. Something on the inside of my cried out saying, Del pray! I knew it was the spirit of God and I began to pray out loud. As I changed my focus from the situation to God my worry was released allowing me to focus on the promise of God. So you can do it too.
- Jesus did not promise us a life without troubles or trials but he did promise us that we will develop character as a result of those trials (see James 1: 2 – 4). Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
- Worry doesn’t add anything to our life, so why give way to the enemy and worry. Matthew 6: 25 – 27 says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.
- God also promised that the battle is not ours but his. We just need to stand still and see the salvation of the lord. Read 2 Chronicles 20… (verse 15 says) “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. In other words he is saying trust in God and his promise to deliver, no mountain is too high.
Why not enjoy your life, why fight and war. Stay high don’t come down for nobody. Be confident in who you are in Christ. Trusting God works. God wants us to rest in him, he is our restorer his heart has always been for man, pursue him as he has you.
Love you #liveFromRest