I thought I’d share with you all what has been repeatedly brought to my attention regarding rest…
The sermon preached this past Sunday was from Job 22. The sermon was so good I went home and re-read the scriptures. I also sought out my study bible for a more in depth explanation. Prior to this I was listening to a television minister preaching on “rest”. He also mentioned Job, as well as, Noah. I knew then, that this was a word specifically for me. Don’t you just love when your Heavenly Father ministers to you in the midst of everyday nuances and make you feel like you’re the only person on His radar?
Resting in the Lord is trusting in Him. A place of trust in God is a place of reliance. Resisting stress, worry and fear. Depending upon Him, having confidence in Him, in His Word and His promises.
In Hebrew, the meaning of the name Noah is: comfort; rest; quiet, peace.
The word “grace” was first mentioned in Genesis 6:8
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Genesis 6:8)
Rest finds grace.
We all know that faith without works is dead, but there is certainly a time and/or season for work and a time and/or season for rest. And although we are not really speaking of physical rest, the same applies. For instance, those in school have a time for classes and a summer break and often times holiday breaks. It all has its purpose. This proves to be a healthier way to live.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
Sometime I think we busy ourselves because of the demands placed on us by society, family, etc. We are seeking to be validated by all that we can do. But being a child of God is all the validation we need. It’s nothing wrong with desiring success, when it is properly placed in the right perspective. In the will of God. But trying to live up to other people’s standards will have us chasing our tails without end and without a peace of mind. God has better for us and it says so in His Word.
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (Hebrews 4:9)
You cannot do it alone, but God can…
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)
Trained to Trust
What I’m learning is that if we find it difficult to rest in the Lord, it’s usually because we’re lacking trust in Him. And that’s a huge problem. And some would get all preachy about it and challenge your faith but instead I challenge you to train yourself to trust. It’s far too easy to fall into comfortably working yourself to death (no pun intended), but when you’re aware of it, you have the ability to overcome it. If you feel convicted of it, don’t condemn yourself. Just pray, ask for strength and do better.
It is true that when we are at peace, good comes to us. In fact, nothing is worth anything if we do not have peace…
How many people will spend their lives trying to climb the ladder of success, and every time they go up one more rung they lose more of their peace because of the pressure. Everything about their loves is consumed with the stress of trying to play all the games to keep that job. Soon, their health is falling apart, and they do not have any peace of mind. Without peace, our lives are full of confusion and chaos, but when we are at peace, we have a good thing indeed! (Job 22:21-30)
One of the test we can expect to encounter in our journey with God is the trust test. Like Job, we must learn to trust God when we do not understand what is going on in our lives.
As long as God is training us to trust, there are always going to be things in our lives we simply do not understand. That is why we have to learn to say, “God, I don’t understand, but I trust You.” (Job 23:10-14)
-Joyce Meyer (The Everyday Life Bible)