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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