Monthly Archives: June 2011

Rest…

Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Matthew 11:28- “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

John 7:37-39 – “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

This morning, I was doing some of my normal reading. I am an avid reader and I normally cannot wait to get from one book to another after processing what I learned from a certain book. However, this morning was a little different. After reading a few pages of Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, I just sat the book down. I then stayed in the chair for a little while thinking over what I had read in that book and the Word of God. As I was sitting there thinking, the verse from Psalm 46:10 came to my mind so I decided to just stop thinking. I just thought about the whole idea of rest. For most of us, especially those with children, rest is a fleeting idea, something foreign that we will hopefully get to experience in the future. However, even when the future comes, rest still seems to elude us. Many times, even while we are supposedly resting, we are not allowing our minds to rest which keeps us from truly resting. So, I decided to clear my mind and only allow the thought of “Be still and KNOW.” I just allowed myself to ponder that for a moment while I just sat in the chair. How often do I do that? When all of the pressures of life come in like a flood, do I truly know that “I am God?” Or do I attempt to begin looking for answers on my own? Most of the time, if I am honest with myself, I begin looking for answers.

However, is that what God wants us to do? Does God put things in our lives so that we attempt to find the answer ourselves? Or does He sometimes put situations and circumstances in our lives so that we will learn how to rest in Him? As I sat there just thinking about the idea that God is God and I am not, my mind went to the whole idea that God IS God. If God says that He will “supply all of our NEEDS according to HIS riches in glory” why do we get so anxious when NEEDS arise? Why do we almost immediately begin to wonder what is going wrong or how are we going to make things work? Does that bring glory to God? Or does resting in Him bring glory to Him? Does being “still and knowing that He is God” bring glory to Him?

So as I sat there, I just thought about God and how the fact that He is God should bring peace to our mind. The idea that God is God and above Him is no other should bring peace. His Word should bring peace, not anxiety or fear or worry. Does it bring that to your life? If not, are you taking the time to just sit and allow God to be God and allow your mind to rest in that idea? If not, try it sometime. Just sit there, clear your mind and think about the idea that God IS God and that He says to “come unto Him, ALL who are weary and heavy laden, and I WILL give you rest.” Go unto Him. Find the rest that glorifies Him.

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Are you thirsty?

So, I am still making my way through Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret and today was perfect timing for what I read. I am going to just quote the book for this post and I pray that it might encourage some of you as well. This is an excerpt from his diary quoted in the book on page 172.

“And now I have the very passage for you, and God has so blessed it to my own soul! John 7:37-39 – ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto ME and drink.’ Who does not thirst? Who has not mind thirsts, heart thirsts, soul thirsts, or body thirsts? Well, no matter which, or whether I have them all – ‘Come unto me and’ remain thirsty? Ah no! ‘Come unto me and drink.’

What, can Jesus meet my need? Yes, and more than meet it. No matter how intricate my path, how difficult my service; no matter how sad my bereavement, how far away my loved ones; no matter how helpless I am, how deep are my soul-yearnings – Jesus can meet all, all, and more than meet. He not only promises me rest – ah, how welcome that would be, were it all, and what an all that one word embraces! He not only promises me drink to alleviate thirst. No, better than that! ‘He who trusts Me in this matter (who believeth on Me, takes Me at My word) out of him shall flow…’

Can it be? Can the dry and thirsty one not only be refreshed – the parched soil moistened, the arid places cooled – but the land be so saturated that springs well up and streams flow down from it? Even so! And not mere mountain-torrents, full while the rain lasts, then dry again…but, ‘from within him shall flow rivers’ – rivers like the mighty Yangtze, ever deep, ever full. In times of drought brooks may fail, often do, canals may be pumped dry, often are, but the Yangtze never. Always a might stream, always flowing deep and irresistible!

‘Come unto me and drink,’ [he wrote in another June letter]. Not, come and take a hasty draught; not, come and slightly alleviate, or for a short time remove one’s thirst. No! ‘drink,’ or ‘be drinking’ constantly, habitually. The cause of thirst may be irremediable. One coming, one drinking may refresh and comfort: but we are to be ever coming, ever drinking. No fear of emptying the fountain or exhausting the river!”

I read this during some of my morning reading and it was just a constant reminder at the perfect timing for this time in my life. Am I truly coming to the never ending river to drink? Am I coming to the Lord God who made heavens and earth to drink and get refreshed? Or am I trying to muster up the strength on my own? What glorifies God most? For His people to muster strength on their own and try to make it through life? Or to utterly depend on the One who satisfies, the One who strengthens, the One who offers us abundant life? God is most glorified in us when we are dependent upon Him to meet our needs and help us through life. He loves us to be dependent upon Him.

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