One of the most powerful statements I have heard this year is this, ‘Sometimes, the most spiritual thing you need to do right now is rest’.
I’ve been doing that a lot lately and it’s so powerful. I confess though, that there was a time when I struggled with it. Physically, I was tired. Emotionally and spiritually, I was exhausted too. That season of my life was filled with so much worry, wondering and fretting. I hated it. I cringe at the memory of it.
I prayed and prayed and prayed, and every time I did, God said, ‘REST’.
‘Rest? God, how do you expect me to rest in this…Can’t you see what’s going on?’ was my response to God. And when I waited a while and it felt like God was slow in answering my prayers, I did the opposite of rest. I worried a lot. I thought a lot. I freaked out a lot.
I was disobedient to God. His response wasn’t what I wanted to hear, so, I sought answers from all my friends, and all the books and articles that I could find. In my haste for a quick fix, I worsened the issue. My wisdom on the issue was indeed very foolish.
All I needed to do was to be calm. To rest. To trust God. To lean on His wisdom (Proverbs 3:5-6). It was that simple.
The moment I let go of my thoughts on the issue, God did pull through. I’m healthier now. Sleeping is easy. Forgiveness and peace run freely through my vein. All I needed to do was rest.
This morning as I took a field trip down memory lane to that season of my life, I remembered King Saul in the bible. In 1 Samuel 10:8, Prophet Samuel had just said the following to Saul, “Go down ahead of me to Gilgal. I will surely come down to you to sacrifice burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, but you must wait seven days until I come to you and tell you what you are to do.” It was a direct command.
But what did Saul do? At the slightest pressure, He disobeyed. He grew impatient, and made the sacrifices himself (1 Samuel 13).
According to gotquestions.org, “These seven days were evidently to teach Saul patience and dependence upon God. When he did not wait the full seven days, he showed a variety of weaknesses that made him unfit as king, including impatience and self-reliance. His offering showed that he did not want to work together with Samuel or obey God, but rather take control of the situation himself. Many valuable lessons can be learned from Saul’s situation. First, it is clear that God desires our obedience. Second, much patience is often needed to fully follow God’s Word. Third, there are negative consequences when we choose our own way instead of God’s. Though it may not be easy or convenient, obeying God’s Word is the best choice for our lives and for our service to others.”
Can I confess….Like Saul, I too, have become restless in the ‘wait’. I, too, in impatience, have tried to rush the process. And if not for the mercy and grace of Jesus, I wonder where I’ll be now.
My prayer lately is for a spiritual heart transplant…For God to give me a heart that is obedient and patient, A heart that can trust Him in the storm, and not in a rush to ‘mess things up’, A heart that can be at rest, knowing that God is never too late, He makes all things beautiful in its time and He is love.
I can be at rest:
…because God’s work in my life was finished from the founding of the world
…because God knew this season will come. My days were written by Him and he has given me Grace in this season.
…because God loves me and He remembers me. He helps me with my daily load. He’s won. I have won. I have rest (Ps 68:19)
…because God sees. God sees. (Genesis 16)
….because my Strength comes from by remaining calm and trusting in God. (Isaiah 30:15)
…because God wants me to rest, to move out of the way while he does his best work in me. Even Jehovah rested.
Please friend, today, don’t harden your heart and be disobedient to Gods call. Be at rest, and in peace. Accept Jesus invite. He says, ‘Come to me all who are burdened, and I will give you rest’. God’s power is more than enough for all us, and it can change any circumstance. Hold on to God, to his word, to Jesus. I know it’s hard…I’m even preaching this to myself as I write this. But rather than worry, let’s approach God’s throne of mercy and receive mercy. We can be honest about our struggles there, and be confident that we are heard, changed and mercy has been given to us.
The Psalmist once wrote, “Why am I so sad? Why am I so upset? I tell myself, “Wait for God’s help! You will again be able to praise him, your God, the one who will save you.”- Psalms 42:11
While waiting or at rest, we can praise God, we can laugh more, we can find the blessings God is gifting us at that moment.
There are many things to do as we wait…What’s yours?
Have a rest-filled day!!!